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Private Security and the Law, 4th Edition by Charles Nemeth

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Selected Case Readings

Chapter outline

Introduction

The following cases have been properly labeled “benchmark” precedents in the world of private security. Use them as reference points and as catalysts for further discussion. The cases emphasize the legal nuances of private sector justice, and, even more compellingly, they tell the story of privatization and its apparent invincibility. Since Burdeau v. McDowell, the kingpin of private security cases, decided in 1921, the courts at both the state and federal levels have consistently ruled on this well-settled area of law. While activists on many fronts wish constitutional extension to private sector operations, the reticence of jurists, even in the age of judicial activism, ...

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