Crime without Punishment

Crime without Punishment : Aspects of the History of Homicide

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 219g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1108446280
  • 9781108446280

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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About Lawrence M. Friedman

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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