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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.Read more
- 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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- Publication planned for: August 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108446280
- dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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Table of Contents
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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