About the author
The Free Spirit Teens and the Law Series
by Judge Tom Jacobs
A series of critically acclaimed books for teens about the legal system
and how it affects their daily lives
Judge Jacobs familiarizes young readers with our legal system, dispels myths and mysteries, and shows that the law is by and for the people—including teens. The books cover numerous important legal issues pertaining to young people, such as the rights of minors; the rights to privacy and freedom of expression; the rights of gay and lesbian students and students with disabilities; the rights of parents, schools, and workplaces; the voting and political system; abortion; living wills; traffic laws; curfews; probation; and juvenile versus adult court. Crimes discussed include forgery, obscene conduct, defamation, vandalism, gang related crimes, gambling, theft, underage drinking, drug and weapon possession, hacking, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, rape, hate crimes, arson, threats, and violence. Each book offers discussion points, tips and advice, detailed resources, emergency hotlines, and probing questions for further reflection.
Praise for the books in this series:
“Exceptionally solid...Thought-provoking...Timely and valuable.” —School Library Journal
“Informative, enlightening.” —Booklist
“Books for the Teen Age”—New York Times Public Library
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated
Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?
In Teen Cyberbullying Investigated, Judge Tom Jacobs presents a powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment. This riveting, informative guide will help young people understand what cyberbullying is and is not, recognize when they may be its victims or perpetrators, and learn tactics for successfully dealing with it.
Be advised: Subject matter contains profanity. All quotes are taken directly from published court opinions; please consider any offensive language within the context it is presented.
Downloads from Teen Cyberbullying Investigated
Table of Contents
Foreward & Introduction
“When Creative Writing Becomes Criminal Content” (sample chapter)
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated Book Video
A Gold EMPixx award-winner in the Book Trailer category from the American Pixel Academy.
They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge
True Cases of Teen Crime
A unique introduction to the juvenile justice system, They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime invites teens to preside over a variety of real-life cases. Like a judge, readers learn each teen’s background, the relevant facts, and the sentencing options available. After deciding on a sentence, they find out what really happened—and where each offender is today. Along the way, readers learn Judge Jacobs’ concerns about each case, reflect on probing questions, and discover that they can’t jump to conclusions.
Downloads from They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge
Table of Contents
“Adam, 15: a threat made in school” (sample chapter)
Free bonus: They Broke the Law Roleplays
About the author: Thomas A. Jacobs, J.D., was an Arizona Assistant Attorney General from 1972–1985 where he practiced criminal and child welfare law. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1985 where he served as a judge pro tem and commissioner in the juvenile and family courts until his retirement in 2008. He also taught juvenile law for ten years as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. He continues to write for teens, lawyers, and judges. His recent articles on teens and the law have been published in the New York Times and New York ParentGuide.
Want more? Visit Judge Jacobs Web site, Askthejudge.info, for free interactive educational tools that provide current information regarding laws, court decisions, and national news affecting teens. It’s the only site of its kind to provide legal questions and answers for teens and parents with the unique ability to interact with Judge Jacobs and other teens.