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Laws & Courts

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The Law of Public  Communication Chapter 1 Sources of Law The Courts
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Sources of Law Constitutional Law Statutory Law Administrative Law Executive Actions Common Law Law of Equity
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Constitutional Law Constitutions: Supreme source of law Constitutions are the law of the land (federal and state) and  supersede all other declarations of public policy Constitutions limit governmental power (Bill of Rights protects  rights of individuals)
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Statutory Law Statutes Communication: advertising, copyright, electronic media,  obscenity and access to government-held information Statutes: prohibit anti-social acts and provides oversight  of acceptable behavior Executive branch officials interpret statutes through  administrative rulings (attorneys general); judges add  meaning with decisions
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Administrative Law Federal agencies develop rules and decisions called  administrative laws Federal Communication Commission (broadcast, cable,  satellite, telephone) Independent agencies?
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