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    DescriptionIn this powerful account, the authors show that - from Sir Edward Coke's classic common law definition of murder, through political fixes, poorly thought-out compromises and misguided legislative or Executive tinkering - the English law of homicide is in 'a mess'. Even the most adept legal minds are faced with what has been described in Parliament as 'fine lines and distinctions'. What must juries make of messy laws and how can anyone have confidence in criminal justice if laws affecting some of the most serious offences in the criminal calendar are deeply flawed? To make matters worse, the entire subject of homicide in England and Wales is further distorted by the existence of the mandatory life sentence for murder. Building on unrivalled knowledge, extensive research, close practical observation and incisive analysis, Professor Terence Morris and Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC trace the development of the law of homicide from early times to the present day. They counter and dismantle specious arguments for preserving the status quo and point out that only root and branch reform of the basis of liability for homicide and its sentencing regime will serve to restore justice, fairness and political probity. Professor Terence Morris and Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC are two of the UK's leading experts on the law of homicide, having studied developments together for over 50 years. This has led them to recognise the extent of disquiet, especially following 'particularly troubling cases' and to conclude that the law of homicide in England and Wales is 'an unsatisfactory law enveloped in a political fix'. Their suggestion of a replacement single offence of criminal homicide coupled with abolition of the mandatory life sentence for murder in favour of discretion at the sentencing stage demands close study by judges, lawyers, legislators, academics, penal reformers and anyone who senses that something is seriously amiss.


 

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    Title
    Fine Lines and Distinctions
    Subtitle
    Murder, Manslaughter and the Unlawful Taking of Human Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Prof. Terence Morris, By (author) Louis Blom-Cooper
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 835 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781904380665
    ISBN 10: 1904380662
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JKV
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    Abridged Dewey: 364
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17780
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000
    BIC subject category V2: LNFJ, 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: LAW026020
    DC22: 345.4102523
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: KD7963 .M67 2011
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: INDS/LAWSTD
    Thema V1.0: JKV, LNFJ
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    8 page colour plate section
    Publisher
    Waterside Press
    Imprint name
    Waterside Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Winchester
    Author Information
    Professor Terence Morris and Louis Blom-Cooper are two of the UK's leading experts on the law of homicide, having studied developments together for over 50 years. This has led them to recognise the extent of disquiet, especially following 'particularly troubling cases' and to conclude that the law of homicide in England and Wales is 'an unsatisfactory law enveloped in a political fix' (see Chapter 8). Their suggestion of a replacement single offence of criminal homicide coupled with abolition of the mandatory life sentence for murder in favour of discretion at the sentencing stage demands close study by judges, lawyers, legislators, academics, penal reformers and anyone who senses that something is seriously amiss. Further biographical details appear inside the book.
    Review quote
    'This is no dry legal tome. The authors present their case in a bracing, persuasive and highly readable way... This is an important and stimulating work that should engage not just the legal practitioner, politician or law student but anyone concerned with our justice system or puzzled by the conduct and outcome of a murder trial': guardian.co.uk. 'With what some would regard as huge optimism, the authors hope that the validity of their analysis of the problems will be acknowledged and the complexities surrounding the law of homicide addressed and resolved  -  [their] ideas will undoubtedly stimulate and contribute to the continuing public debate about the nature and ingredients of the crime of homicide, the defences to it, and the appropriate punishment for those convicted of unlawful killings': Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice (From the Foreword).
    Table of contents
    Prologue 1. A Jacobean Legacy: The Creativity Of Coke 2. The Wisdom Of Mr Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr 3. The Law Of Homicide 4. Secondary Liability In Homicide 5. Fiats, Fords And Foresight: Excursions To The House Of Lords From Woolmington To Smith 6. A Tale Of Two Amendments: Or One Fixed Penalty For Another 7. Hunting The Chimara 8. Clearing Up The Mess: Or The Law Commission Attempts To Make Bricks Without Straw 9. Homicide On The Road 10. Corporations In The Dock 11. Familial Homicide 12. Expert Evidence On Trial 13. A Matter For The Jury 14. The Appellate Process: Equality Of Arms 15. What And How Long Is 'Life'? 16. Sentencing Adrift And Parole 17. Envoi Appendices Index