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Would you convict? : seventeen cases that challenged the law / Paul H. Robinson.

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Kirtland Community College Library KF 9218 .R635 1999 30775305483662 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0814775314
  • ISBN: 9780814775318
  • ISBN: 0814775306
  • ISBN: 9780814775301
  • Physical Description: xiii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1999.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Punishing intent, harm, or dangerousness? -- Knowing the law's commands -- Can committing a crime be doing the right thing? -- Can doing the wrong thing ever be blameless? -- Martyrs for our safety.
Summary, etc.:
"Paul Robinson here presents a series of unusual episodes that not only challenged the law, but that defy a facile or knee-jerk verdict. Narrating the facts in compelling but detached detail, Robinson invites readers to sentence the transgressor (or not) before revealing the final outcome of the case." "The cases described in Would You Convict? engage, shock, even repel. Without a doubt, they will challenge you and your belief system. And the way in which juries and judges have resolved them will almost certainly surprise you."--Jacket.
Subject: Criminal law > United States.
Trials > United States.

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Would You Convict? : Seventeen Cases That Challenged the Law
Would You Convict? : Seventeen Cases That Challenged the Law
by Robinson, Paul H.
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Would You Convict? : Seventeen Cases That Challenged the Law


A police trooper inspects a car during a routine traffic stop and finds a vast cache of weapons, complete with automatic rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and black ski masks-a veritable bank robber's kit. Should the men in the car be charged? If so, with what? A son neglects to care for his elderly mother, whose emaciated form is discovered shortly before she dies a painful death. Is the son's neglect punishable, and if so how? A career con man writes one bad check too many and is sentenced to life in prison-for a check in the amount of $129.75. Is this just? A thief steals a backpack, only to find it contains a terrorist bomb. He alerts the police and saves lives, transforming himself from petty criminal to national hero. These are just a few of the many provocative cases that Paul Robinson presents and unravels in Would You Convict? Judging crimes and meting out punishment has long been an informal national pasttime. High-profile crimes or particularly brutal ones invariably prompt endless debate, in newspapers, on television, in coffee shops, and on front porches. Our very nature inclines us to be armchair judges, freely waving our metaphorical gavels and opining as to the innocence or guilt-and suitable punishment-of alleged criminals. Confronting this impulse, Paul Robinson here presents a series of unusual episodes that not only challenged the law, but that defy a facile or knee-jerk verdict. Narrating the facts in compelling, but detached detail, Robinson invites readers to sentence the transgressor (or not), before revealing the final outcome of the case. The cases described in Would You Convict? engage, shock, even repel. Without a doubt, they will challenge you and your belief system. And the way in which juries and judges have resolved them will almost certainly surprise you.

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