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Ill-Gotten Gains: Evasion, Blackmail, Fraud, and Kindred Puzzles of the Law (Women and Work; 5) [Paperback]

Leo Katz
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May 8, 1996 0226425940 978-0226425948 Reprint 7 and up 2 and up
In Ill-Gotten Gains, Leo Katz describes the underlying principles that not only guide the law but also moral decisions. Mixing wit with insight, anecdotes with analysis, Katz uncovers what is really at stake in crimes such as insider trading, blackmail, and plagiarism. With its startling conclusions and myriad twists, this book will fascinate all those intrigued by the perplexing relationship between morality and law.

"An ambitious and well-written book of legal and moral theory to overthrow both utilitarianism and its cousin, the economic approach to law."—Richard A. Posner, New Republic

"A good, well-written book full of interesting examples."—Library Journal

"[An] elegant defense of circumvention and subterfuge . . . a heroically counterintuitive book."—Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker

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One of the things that attracts some people to lawyers and repels the rest of us is their ability to see and create loopholes. If the law is an ass, it is a very clever one. This book, by a University of Pennsylvania law professor, investigates the loophole phenomenon to a fare-thee-well. Want to use damaging information about a competitor to keep her away from an interview for a job you're both vying for, but don't want to violate the extortion statutes? Then see p. 2. Mad enough at your son to want to burn his house down with him in it but don't want to get convicted of first-degree murder? The recipe for that is on p. 38. Katz serves up a rich variety of examples and their variations to arrive at a general theory of what lawyers are doing when they -- legally -- walk their clients around a law. Truth be told though, the examples are a lot more compelling than the theory. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Criminal law performs two useful functions: it defines certain conduct as so harmful to the individual or the community as to justify society's forbidding that conduct, and it provides a method of punishment for those whose conduct violates society's norms. Katz (law, Univ. of Pennsylvania) examines three forms of conduct-tax evasion, blackmail, and fraud-that he terms related mysteries and that all involve legality and morally puzzling forms of theft. All three involve some form of ill-gotten economic gain. Wanting us to consider why this conduct should be deemed criminal at all, Katz argues that these three forms of theft are the most prominent examples of the nonutilitarian character of much of our legal and moral thinking. He even shows that this conduct might be justified on purely economic grounds, particularly where there is no harm to other individuals or the community at large. While this is a good, well-written book full of interesting examples, it will probably appeal to a limited group of better-educated readers.
Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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