Pardons: Justice, Mercy, and the Public Interest : Justice, Mercy, and the Public Interest
Kathleen Dean Moore begins with a review of the history of thought and practice on the subject of legal pardons, illustrated with a rich and fascinating variety of historical cases. She then addresses many crucial issues surrounding acts of clemency, including what justifies pardoning power, who should be pardoned, and the definition of an unforgivable crime. She carefully analyses the moral justification of pardons, discussing how to distinguish between justifiable, even morally obligatory, cases and unjustifiable abuses of clemency power.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 139.4 x 207.3 x 23.1mm | 388.17g
- 03 Jul 1997
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
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In Pardons, Kathleen Dean Moore addresses a host of crucial questions surrounding acts of clemency, including what justifies pardoning power, who should be pardoned, and the definition of an unforgivable crime.
Moore has made an important contribution to punishment theory in general and to an all too frequently neglected aspect of punishment in particular, namely, the role of the pardon in the criminal justice system. All terms, concepts, and arguments are clearly defined and logically developed. The endnotes, bibliography, and index are excellent. Highly recommended for public and undergraduate libraries. * M.A. Foley, Marywood College, Social and Behavioral Sciences *
About Kathleen Dean Moore
Kathleen Dean Moore is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University.