Defining Law

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Defining Law

  1. 1. Defining Law
  2. 2. Technically… <ul><li>The set of clear and consistently enforced rules a group or community uses to regulate the conduct of the people within it </li></ul>
  3. 3. Laws have to be… <ul><li>Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Consistently enforced </li></ul><ul><li>Clear </li></ul>
  4. 4. Laws DO NOT have to be… <ul><li>Written </li></ul><ul><li>Good </li></ul><ul><li>Rules v. Laws </li></ul>
  5. 5. Laws & Values <ul><li>Laws reflect society’s values </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all wrong is illegal </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Laws & Values <ul><li>Not all illegal is wrong </li></ul>
  7. 7. Values <ul><li>Moral </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul>
  8. 8. Which value is it? <ul><li>All drivers must stop at stop signs? </li></ul>Social
  9. 9. Which value is it? <ul><li>A crime to cheat on tax returns? </li></ul>Moral Economic Political Social
  10. 10. Which value is it? <ul><li>Citizens vote at age 18? </li></ul>Social Political

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