Actual Innocence

Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted

Author: Jim Dwyer,Peter J. Neufeld,Barry Scheck

Publisher: Random House LLC

ISBN: 9780385493413

Category: Law

Page: 297

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Ten true tales of people falsely accused detail the flaws in the criminal justice system that landed these people in prison

Murder and the Reasonable Man

Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom

Author: Cynthia Lee

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814765149

Category: Law

Page: 371

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A man murders his wife after she has admitted her infidelity; another man kills an openly gay teammate after receiving a massage; a third man, white, goes for a jog in a “bad” neighborhood, carrying a pistol, and shoots an African American teenager who had his hands in his pockets. When brought before the criminal justice system, all three men argue that they should be found “not guilty”; the first two use the defense of provocation, while the third argues he used his gun in self-defense. Drawing upon these and similar cases, Cynthia Lee shows how two well-established, traditional criminal law defenses—the doctrines of provocation and self-defense—enable majority-culture defendants to justify their acts of violence. While the reasonableness requirement, inherent in both defenses, is designed to allow community input and provide greater flexibility in legal decision-making, the requirement also allows majority-culture defendants to rely on dominant social norms, such as masculinity, heterosexuality, and race (i.e., racial stereotypes), to bolster their claims of reasonableness. At the same time, Lee examines other cases that demonstrate that the reasonableness requirement tends to exclude the perspectives of minorities, such as heterosexual women, gays and lesbians, and persons of color. Murder and the Reasonable Man not only shows how largely invisible social norms and beliefs influence the outcomes of certain criminal cases, but goes further, suggesting three tentative legal reforms to address problems of bias and undue leniency. Ultimately, Lee cautions that the true solution lies in a change in social attitudes.

Epistemic Paternalism

A Defence

Author: Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113731317X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 194

View: 5815

Any attempt to help us reason in more accurate ways faces a problem: While we acknowledge that others stand to benefit from intellectual advice, each and every one of us tends to consider ourselves an exception, on account of overconfidence. The solution? Accept a form of epistemic paternalism.

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America

Author: Sarah Lucy Cooper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317160029

Category: Law

Page: 246

View: 9645

Controversies in Innocence Cases in America brings together leading experts on the investigation, litigation, and scholarly analysis of innocence cases in America, from legal, political and ethical perspectives. The contributors, many of whom work on these cases daily, investigate contemporary issues presented by innocence cases and the exoneration movement as a whole. These issues include the challenges faced by the movement, causes of wrongful convictions, problems associated with investigating, proving, and defining 'innocence', and theories of reform. Each issue is placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective handling of these cases, and for what changes should be adopted in order to improve the American criminal justice system when it is faced with its most harrowing sight: an innocent defendant.

Taking Sides

Clashing Views on Political Issues

Author: George McKenna,Stanley Feingold

Publisher: Dushkin Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780073515144

Category: Political Science

Page: 454

View: 5620

Presents clashing views on political issues which are provided in a debate-style format designed to develop critical thinking skills in a student.

Criminal law

cases and materials

Author: Stephen A. Saltzburg

Publisher: LexisNexis/Matthew Bender

ISBN: 9780820570815

Category: Law

Page: 951

View: 9248


Irish America

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Irish

Page: N.A

View: 7177


Is the death penalty fair?

Author: Mary E. Williams

Publisher: Greenhaven Pr


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 95

View: 3711

Presents varying opinions surrounding the controversial issue of the death penalty, including primary and secondary source documentation from eyewitnesses, government officials, and scientific journals.


tinkering with the machinery of death : four views of capital punishment

Author: Vermont Law School

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 929

View: 4723