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Judging Evil

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Samuel H. PillsburyProfessor of Law, and Williams Rains Fellow, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, USA

ISBN13: 9780814766651
ISBN: 081476665X
Published: July 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.00

Taking as its theme the theory and practice of criminal responsibility, this text asks why killers deserve punishment, and how the law should decide. The author argues that people deserve punishment according to the evil they choose to do, regardless of their psychological capacities. Using real case examples, he offers proposals for legal reform, urging that modern preoccupations with subjective aspects of wrong-doing be replaced with rules that focus more on the individual's motives.

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