Judging Evil: Rethinking the Law of Murder and Manslaughter

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Why do killers deserve punishment? How should the law decide?

These are the questions Samuel H. Pillsbury seeks to answer in this important new book on the theory and practice of criminal responsibility. In an argument both traditional and fresh, Pillsbury holds that persons deserve punishment according to the evil they choose to do, regardless of their psychological capacities. Using real case examples, he offers concrete proposals for legal reform, urging that modern ...

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Overview

Why do killers deserve punishment? How should the law decide?

These are the questions Samuel H. Pillsbury seeks to answer in this important new book on the theory and practice of criminal responsibility. In an argument both traditional and fresh, Pillsbury holds that persons deserve punishment according to the evil they choose to do, regardless of their psychological capacities. Using real case examples, he offers concrete proposals for legal reform, urging that modern preoccupations with subjective aspects of wrongdoing be replaced with rules that focus more on the individual's motives.

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"A provocative, well-written volume that will keenly interest criminologists, lawyers, and philosophers alike."

-Paul M. Kurtz,J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, University of Georgia

"From the opening paragraph, Pillsbury piques the reader's curiosity about just punishments. . . . What do people deserve for their wrongdoing, especially in those cases involving extreme cruelty? . . . Pillsbury enables clear and careful thinking about one's own expectations of the legal system. Highly recommended."

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"A passionately engaged book that puts individual moral responsibility at the center of criminal justice and challenges much of the traditional wisdom. Required reading for all those interested in criminal justice policy and criminal law."

-Stephen J. Morse,Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814766804
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

A former journalist and federal prosecutor, Samuel H. Pillsbury is Professor of Law and Williams Rains Fellow at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.

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