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In the Name of Justice: Leading Experts Reexamine the Classic Article, The Aims of the Criminal Law [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Lynch
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Is the American criminal justice system dysfunctional? Our criminal codes are so voluminous that they bewilder not only the average citizen, but also the average lawyer. Our courthouses are so busy that they no longer have time for trials. And the American prison population now leads that of the world. Are these trends desirable, satisfactory, or disturbing? In order to answer that question, one must first be clear about the fundamental purpose of the criminal law. Fifty years ago, the distinguished Harvard law professor Henry M. Hart Jr. wrote his classic article entitled The Aims of the Criminal Law. In this volume, America's leading judges and scholars reexamine Professor Hart's thesis and the first principles of American criminal law.

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In this book, a group of perceptive judges, professors, and one full-time defense attorney critically examine Hart's ideas in light of current legal developments. That is what ties this excellent collection of essay's together. But each contributor writes about whatever aspects of our criminal justice currently interest him. That is all to the good...this is a thought-provoking collection of essays dealing with a variety of current issues in criminal justice. I highly recommend it. (David B. Smith, The Champion)

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"Timothy Lynch has done an excellent job of assembling original essays and appendices of previously published essays and speeches on the critical issues in criminal law. The book is a smorgasbord of delights--the real 'meat and potatoes' of criminal law."
--Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

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  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193399522X
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (March 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YJPKJ4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, a 'must' April 14, 2009
Leading experts consider the classic article 'The Aims of the Criminal Law' in a collection highly recommended for any college-level library strong in criminal justice and social issues. It's packed with important analysis of a treatise published over a generation ago by a Harvard law professor Henry Hart Jr, and debates and analyzes some of the most basic principles of criminal law in a free society. Quite simply, a 'must'.
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Good read. The chapter on federal crime is scary.
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