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Harvard Law professor and high-profile lawyer Dershowitz's collection of essays concerns the trend of criminal defendants claiming to be victims as a way of avoiding responsibility for their actions.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
What do "abused child," "black rage," "posttraumatic stress," and "Super Bowl Sunday" have in common? They are all reasons given by Americans seeking to avoid responsibility for alleged violent crimes. They are also the subject matter of an interesting series of essays by Dershowitz, professor at Harvard Law School and one of the most prominent of today's commentators on criminal law. The essays are brief (most only a few pages long), and each describes an actual case in which the excuse was raised as a defense. Dershowitz poses a truly interesting question: why do Americans remain sympathetic to the excuses offered by criminal defendants while at the same time demanding tougher criminal laws and punishment? He believes that we are genuinely concerned with victims and that this concern remains apparent even if the victim is also a criminal offender. For popular law collections.
Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.