Jurismania: The Madness of American Law

Jurismania: The Madness of American Law

by Paul F. Campos
     
 

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In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100-page appellate court opinions, 1,000-page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that… See more details below

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In Jurismania, Paul Campos asserts that our legal system is beginning to exhibit symptoms of serious mental illness. Trials and appeals that stretch out for years and cost millions, 100-page appellate court opinions, 1,000-page statutes before which even lawyers tremble with fear, and a public that grows more litigious every day all testify to a judicial overkill that borders on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Campos locates the source of such madness, paradoxically, in our worship of reason and the resulting belief that all problems are amenable to legal solutions. In discussions of a wide range of cases, from NCAA regulations of student-athletes to the Simpson trial, from our most intractable social disputes over abortion and physician-assisted suicide to the war on drugs and the increasingly fastidious attempts to regulate behavior in public spaces, Campos shows that the mania for more law exacerbates the very problems it seeks to remedy. In his final chapter, the author calls instead for a humbling recognition of the limits of reason and a much more modest role for our legal system.

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Editorial Reviews

Larry A. Alexander
Campos is insightful, witty, and urbane. He demonstrates again and again the ludicrous and oppressive pretensions of hyperegulative law....I enthusiastically recommend "Jurismania" to everyone concerned with the ever-increasing intrusion of law and bureacracy into our lives. -- Larry A. Alexander
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"The breadth of Campos' work is astounding. He derives insights from such disparate sources as the codes of behavior regulating everything from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to his local library in demonstrating the absurd applications of legal thinking in American life.... His book is a work of serious scholarship, but Campos' writing is never dry."—The Denver Post

"[An] acerbic analysis....A pointed, well-argued polemic."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198026747
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,259,072
File size:
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