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Law and the Media, 4th Edition by Estelle Overs, Tom Cassels, Tom Crone

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21 The Law in the United States of America

Estelle Overs

21.1 Introduction

The American legal system is one of the most important in the world today. It affects legal, business, technological and political issues throughout the globe.

The American legal system is based on English law. However, it has evolved into a two-tier federal legal system. Each of the 50 states making up the union of the United States of America has independent legal authority and its own laws and constitution. Co-existing with the laws and constitution of each individual state is the separate unified system of federal law, specifically granted to the federal government of the union of the United States of America by the United States Constitution (the ‘Constitution’). ...

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