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The Resource Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?, James Q. Wilson

Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?, James Q. Wilson

Label
Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?
Title
Moral judgment
Title remainder
does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?
Statement of responsibility
James Q. Wilson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Moral Judgment, Professor Wilson demonstrates how our judicial system has compromised its obligation to discriminate between right and wrong. He explains why lawyers and judges - by distinguishing between personal and judicial responsibility, by inviting the participation of "expert witnesses," and by allowing "mitigating circumstances" to play a major role in criminal testimony - have moved from judging behavior to explaining it. Citing the Menendez and Goetz
  • Verdicts, among others, Wilson makes an erudite case for re-examining the ethical drift of contemporary jurisprudence. He suggests that courts may encourage individuals to reject personal responsibility for their actions, instead blaming society for failing them. The crux of Wilson's position rests in his closely deliberated congruence of law and morality, a subject that has concerned legal scholars and philosophers for centuries. That the law should follow closely upon
  • What society deems morally correct, Wilson contends, is plain common sense. Today, though, what is legally excusable and what is morally acceptable have diverged to the point that criminals who should be given harsher sentences often get lighter penalties, or are even, sometimes, set free altogether. Even more dangerous, though, is a deeper corruption of the way jurists think and judge, which consequently has eroded how the larger public differentiates right and wrong
  • With each passing day, the courts move closer to an atmosphere of moral paralysis, further impairing not only our capacity to deal with criminals, but also to make ethically sound judgments
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, James Q
Dewey number
340/.112
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9235
LC item number
.W55 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminal liability
  • Criminal liability
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Responsibility
  • Criminal liability
Label
Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?, James Q. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-126) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35694553
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 134 pages
Isbn
9780465036240
Lccn
96046661
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Moral judgment : does the abuse excuse threaten our legal system?, James Q. Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-126) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35694553
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 134 pages
Isbn
9780465036240
Lccn
96046661
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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