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Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System

Edited by: Austin Sarat

ISBN13: 9781107108783
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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Law has a strangely complicated relationship to deception. Though it sometimes takes a hard line on behalf of truth - 'the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth' - competing values often cause law to look the other way. How and why is lying alternately accepted, condemned, or prosecuted? What are the government's interests in allowing or disallowing lying?

Law and Lies is the first book to thematically address the role of lying in the American legal system. Undercover police agents are permitted to lie in the name of catching criminals, and government officials are permitted to lie in service of national security. In the case of the military's 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy, lying was not only permitted, but actively encouraged. A range of illuminating case studies reveal that the government's tolerance of deception is rarely as simple as the 'whole truth'.

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Introduction Austin Sarat
1. Where the law lies: constitutional fictions and their discontents Mary Anne Franks
2. The artifice of advocacy: regulating perjury and participation in the American adversary system Norman W. Spaulding
3. Lies to manipulate, misappropriate, and acquire governmental power Helen Norton
4. Lies, rape, and statutory rape Stuart P. Green
5. Law and the production of deceit William N. Eskridge, Jr
Afterword: law, lies, and law schools Montre Carodine.