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Crime without Punishment
Aspects of the History of Homicide

  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446280

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  • In this compelling book, Lawrence M. Friedman looks at situations where killing is condemned by law but not by social norms and, therefore, is rarely punished. He shows how penal codes categorize homicides by degree of intent, which are in turn based on society's sense of moral outrage. Despite being officially defined as murder, many homicides have historically gone unpunished. Friedman looks at early vigilante justice, crimes of passion, murder of necessity, mercy killings, and assisted suicides. In his explorations of these unpunished homicides, Friedman probes what these circumstances tell us about conflicts in social and cultural norms, and the interaction of law and society.

    • Asks when, if ever, killing can justifiably be considered as homicide
    • Connects seemingly different examples of 'crimes without punishment' with historical developments
    • Links research on the history of criminal justice with the way in which legal systems actually operate in society today
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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446280
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.219kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Popular justice and injustice
    2. The unwritten law
    3. Dead on arrival
    4. The quality of mercy
    5. Black swans
    6. The meaning of unwritten law.

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    Lawrence M. Friedman, Stanford University, California
    Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor at Stanford Law School, Stanford University, California. He has written and edited over forty books on legal history and the relationship between law and society.

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