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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Goode on Commercial Law

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Gender, Truth and State Power: Capitalising on Punishment

ISBN13: 9780754674788
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00

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This volume draws on a wealth of primary source material, the vast majority of which has never been published before, to present a study of women reprieved of murder during the 20th Century.

The research provides a stark illumination of the overwhelming power differences between the condemned and those working within the criminal justice system when it came to constructing the dominant truth about events surrounding these women and the crimes for which they were found guilty.

Thus, while the abolition of the death penalty has insured that this impact is no longer one of life and death in the UK, modern cases such as those of Sally Clark and Angela Cannings whose guilty verdicts were eventually overturned as a result of challenges to official discourse via expert testimony, nevertheless demonstrate the devastating impact that those with the power to define the 'truth' still have on the lives of individuals who are unable to construct a dominant truth of their own during their trials.

A comprehensive examination of such power differences in capital cases during the first half of the 20th century provides an important history to such modern cases.