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Myth of Moral Justice Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right

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ISBN-10: 0060188162

ISBN-13: 9780060188160

Edition: 2004

Authors: Thane Rosenbaum

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American culture is obsessed with the law, the legal system, and lawyers. Much in our everyday lives revolves around the law, and we are bombarded daily by cultural images of lawyers and the legal system at work. We indulge in dramatic television shows and feature films about lawyers, we read legal thrillers, and observe trials as they unfold. Many of us wish for our children to attend law school and become lawyers. At the same time, most people report that they don't trust lawyers and hold them and the legal system in very low esteem. Those who have had unfavorable experiences with the law have walked away bitter and resentful. Some have observed that lawyers operate according to their…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada, Limited
Publication date: 4/27/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, and law professor. He is the author of The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right,as well as four novels, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke,the novel-in-stories, Elijah Visible, and the novel for young adults, The Stranger within Sarah Stein. His articles, reviews, and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. He lives in New York, where he is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School and directs the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society.

Introduction
Doing the Right Thing: The Split Between the Moral and the Legal
A New Paradigm of Moral Justice
Pound of Flesh
Story as Remedy
The Various Faces of Grief
Aborted Trials and Lying Under the Law
The Best-Kept Secrets of Zealous Advocates
Forbidden Emotions in a World out of Order
Judges Who Feign Not Having Feelings
Apology as Moral Antidote to the Legal Disease
Apologies in Practice
Restoration or Revenge
Repair in Practice
The Non-Duty to Rescue Under American Law
Rescue as Moral Imperative
The Law's Preference for the Body over the Soul
Frustrated Lawyers and the Public's Discontent
The Artist and the Law
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index