COMM ST 170 Notes Week 2

COMM ST 170 Notes Week 2 - Comm170 Legal Communication...

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Comm170 Legal Communication Lecture Notes April 6, 2010 Law: how information ought to be treated, what should be considered o Disputes still evident o System of evaluating information o Corruption and nature of communication makes it difficult Violation of law o Consequences for violation of peaceful operations of a society Civil Law o Many more civil law cases o Codes: compilations of law by subject matter Only one criminal code You are responsible for knowing these codes o California Codes: Agricultural, business and professions, civil, civil procedures, constitutional code, commercial code, educational, corporate, etc. o About money and penalty you'll end up paying for violation of civil law Damages=Money o Contracts --can sue for violating contract or failure to complete it o Can't be put in jail or killed for violation of civil law Criminal Law o Crimes, murders, robbery o Draws TV viewership o Only one code o Criminal: Rules necessary for sustainability and stability of society by prohibiting crime Laws against crimes, property, theft, robbery, assaults, battery **Place severe penalties in order to prevent crimes from happening Libel and slander used to be criminal, now a civil matter. Can be compensated, but not put someone in jail. o Reserved for behavior so bad that you want to stop them before they happen-- lose freedom if violated through imprisonment or capital punishment o Death penalty--rationality is deterrence--serve as an example for other people not to do the same o Minor criminal offense--money paid to the state as a fine--i.e. traffic violations, misdemeanors o Governor trying to diminish prisons--expensive--physically cannot place everyone in jails for crimes
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