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Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice (Law, Crime and Corrections) Paperback – September 10, 2004
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Bradley Chilton is a professor of criminal justice at Appalachian State University. He is the author of Prisons under the Gavel: The Federal Court Takeover of Georgia Prisons.
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In going the opposite direction, several of the authors highlight Star Trek episodes with poignant "morals" about the law. I went to law school and have to say I thought several of the essays were quite provocative. The "Kirk's Constitutional Enterprise" essay enters into a real debate within the judicial politics literature about the merits of judicial supremacy. A few of the later essays feel forced, but still probably informative to non-lawyers.
One gap in the book is any sustained comparison between Starfleet law and U.S. military law. Some of the authors portray law as seen in Star Trek as equivalent to law in the United Federation of Planets. However, given that the episodes take place from the point of view of Starfleet officers, it's possible that we're only seeing Starfleet law in operation. Extrapolating from that might make as much sense as trying to understand U.S. constitutional law through a courts-martial. It's a point that at least ought to have been raised.
Overall, the first few essays are the best and have become classics in the field. However, most of the book is worth reading. I can only how we see more scholarship taking a critical look at law and politics in popular literature and movies.