Would You Convict? Seventeen Cases That Challenged the Law

ISBN-10: 0814775314
ISBN-13: 9780814775318
Edition: 2001 (Reprint)
Authors: Paul H. Robinson
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Description: High-profile crimes often prompt debate. This text presents a series of unusual episodes that challenge the law and defy knee-jerk verdicts. Readers are invited to provide judgement before the final outcome of the case is revealed.

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 329
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

High-profile crimes often prompt debate. This text presents a series of unusual episodes that challenge the law and defy knee-jerk verdicts. Readers are invited to provide judgement before the final outcome of the case is revealed.

One of the nation's leading criminal justice experts, Paul H. Robinson has written influential commentary for the "New York Times "(on the Unabomber case), the "Wall Street Journal" (on the beating of Reginald Denny after the O.J. verdict), and for "Atlantic Monthly". The author of several books, he is currently the Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Professor of Law at Northwestern University.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Punishing Intent, Harm, or Dangerousness?
Are Evil Intentions a Crime?
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Law's Rules
Background
The Aftermath
Attempt versus the Complete Offense: The Significance of Resulting Harm
Can Father and Daughter Kill the Same Man Twice?
People's Intuitions of Justice
More Facts
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Law's Rules
The Aftermath
Murder versus Attempted Murder: The Significance of Resulting Harm
The Final Outcome
The Requirements of Criminal Liability
Life Imprisonment for Air Conditioning Fraud?
People's Intuitions of Justice
Trial and Sentence
Punishing Dangerousness: Cloaking Preventive Detention as Criminal Justice
The Appeal
The Cost of Undercutting the Criminal Law's Moral Credibility
The Final Outcome
Segregating Preventive Detention from Criminal Justice
Knowing the Law's Commands
The Congenial Cadaver
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Legality Principle and Its Rationales
The Aftermath
Today
When Can an Officer Carry a Gun?
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Law
At Trial
At Trial Again: Ignorance or Mistake of Law Is No Excuse
Acquitting the Bakers but Convicting the Marreros?
Communicating the Criminal Law's Commands
The Outcome
Legality in Omission Offenses
Neglecting Mom ... to Death
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Charge
The Law's Reluctance to Impose Duties
The Outcome
Today
Striking the Proper Balance between Legality and Justice
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
The Law
Ignorance of Law an Excuse?
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Aftermath
The Problem of Discretion
Same Facts, Different Perspective
The Virtues of Legality
Finishing the Story
Can Committing a Crime Be Doing the Right Thing?
Escaping the Prisoners
The Law's Rules
The Trial and Sentence
The Defense's Problems
On Appeal
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Green Case under the Criminal Law of Other States
The Final Outcome
Killing for Apples
The Law's Rule
The Trial and Appeal
People's Intuitions of Justice
Another Look at Ignorance of the Law
The Right Deed for the Wrong Reason
Disagreement in the Law
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Outcome
A Terrorist's Right to Resist the Thief?
Today
Can Doing the Wrong Thing Ever Be Blameless?
Loving, Killing Parents
At Trial
The Law's Challenge
The Outcome
People's Intuitions of Justice
Adjudicating Blameworthiness versus Announcing Rules of Conduct
The Sentence
Killing a Sleeping Abuser
The Law's Challenge, Again
The Aftermath
Battered Spouse Syndrome
The Trial
The Matters Relevant to Justice
The Appeal
The All-or-Nothing Disagreement
On Remand
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Law's Unmet Challenge
The Pedophile Within
The Law's Rules
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Trial
On Appeal
The American View
Today
Picking Clean Drunks
The Law's Rules
People's Intuitions of Justice
Legal Conflict over the Reno Decoy Operation
The Peculiar Entrapment Defense
The Outcome
Legal Disagreements over Entrapment
The Aftermath
Who Will Explain to Kingston Why Hawkins Gets Off but He Goes to Jail?
Martyrs for Our Safety
A Farm Boy's Treason?
The Power of Coercive Indoctrination
Richard's Return
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Law's Rules
Finishing the Story
Of Hippies and Bread Trucks: The Abused Learns to Abuse
Alex Cabarga and Richard Tenneson
People's Intuitions of Justice
The Trial and Sentence
The Problem of Discretion
Desert versus Dangerousness
Today
Growing Up Gang: The Short, Violent Life of Robert Sandifer
People's Intuitions of Justice
Robert Sandifer and Alex Cabarga
The Aftermath
Desert versus Dangerousness, Again
Epilogue
Governing Law, Then and Now
Index
About the Author

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