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"Law, Social Science and the Criminal Courts fills a gap in the fields of criminal justice and law and society. Unlike any other available text, this book integrates legal cases and empirical research on social science questions confronted by the criminal courts. In other words, it examines how social science impacts criminal law and procedure. The book is organized around the criminal court process beginning with issues related to pretrial proceedings and ending with issues concerning sentencing. Specifically, the book provides an introduction to the history of social science used by the courts and the types of social science admitted as evidence in the courts. The chapters that follow provide seminal legal cases and empirical, social science research on a variety of topics ranging from pretrial publicity and racial profiling to Megan's Law and the death penalty." Readers are introduced to the "law in action" by demonstrating how social science influences the courts and the courts influence society. Readers will be able to critically review court opinions and social science studies that test some of the assumptions relied upon in court decisions. Sociology of law, law and society, and criminal justice students will find this book interesting as it raises questions about the influence of law on society and whether empirical research helps or hinders grounded judicial decision-making.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890895184
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Introduction
Ch. 1 The history of social science in the law 3
Ch. 2 Social science as evidence in court 23
Ch. 3 The legal science of social science 43
Sect. II Pre-trial issues
Ch. 4 Police stops and seizures 59
Ch. 5 The exclusionary rule 83
Ch. 6 Pretrial publicity and cameras in the courtroom 111
Sect. III Trial Issues
Ch. 7 Right to counsel 153
Ch. 8 Six persons, a fair cross-section, and nullification - the right to a jury trial 187
Ch. 9 Eyewitness and mistaken identifications 235
Ch. 10 Miranda and false confessions 265
Sect. IV Sentencing issues
Ch. 11 Future dangerousness and the offender 299
Ch. 12 The death penalty 339
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