Proceedings of the Oklahoma Bar Association at Its Annual Meeting - Oklahoma Bar Association

Proceedings of the Oklahoma Bar Association at Its Annual Meeting - Oklahoma Bar Association

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...fact that a man, suddenly, without reflection, by a reflex act, as it were, stabs his offender, or his unfaithful wife, proves that he is not normal. The want of reflection constitutes an extenuating circumstance before judge and jury, but before pathological psychology, "it constitutes an accusation." The importance of the distinction is seen in the views taken on criminal jurisprudence by alienists. It would seem that to act logically in the face of these views, we should have to make extensive use of capital punishment, but this is not the view alienists take. Prevention is the only remedy, for even the morbid process may be modified in the young, just as a disease, taken in time may be cured, but neglected, becomes chronic. Juvenile refinement, strict but judicious control, education in the highest sense of the word, these must be the primary objects of every nation that attempts to decrease its criminality. Reformatories do not improve the criminal, statistics show that they in no way decrease the percentage of recidivists: the fact of recidivism shows the habitual criminal, and here no punishment will suffice. The man must be treated as though afflicted with a serious illness and removed from society, or which, however, he may and should be made to work. Another important cause of crime is superstition. A few years ago, the criminal court of Russia sentenced a man to fifteen years imprisonment with hard labor for the murder of a young woman. His sole defense was that an intensely severe winter, with a heavy fall of snow, had produced a famine followed by scurvy, of which all his children had died. He therefore made an image of the devil out of wood, smeared its lips with fat and set it upon a hill. He then attempted to lasso one...
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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504860
  • 9781236504869