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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Truth, Error and Criminal Law: An Essay in Legal Epistemology

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ISBN13: 9780521861663
ISBN: 0521861667
Published: August 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £82.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521730358

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Beginning with the premise that the principal function of a criminal trial is to find out the truth about a crime, Larry Laudan examines the rules of evidence and procedure that would be appropriate if the discovery of the truth were, as higher courts routinely claim, the overriding aim of the criminal justice system. Laudan mounts a systematic critique of existing rules and procedures that are obstacles to that quest.

He also examines issues of error distribution by offering the first integrated analysis of the various mechanisms - the standard of proof, the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof - for implementing society's view about the relative importance of the errors that can occur in a trial.

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1. Thinking about error in the law
2. The unraveling of reasonable doubt
3. Fixing the standard of proof
4. Innocence, the burden of proof, and the puzzle of affirmative defenses
5. Evaluating evidence and procedures
6. Silent defendants, silent witnesses, and lobotomized jurors
7. Confessions, poison fruit, and other exclusions
8. Double jeopardy and false acquittals: letting felons and judges off the hook?
9. Dubious motives for flawed rules: the clash between values.