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Crime Without Punishment: Aspects of the History of Homicide


ISBN13: 9781108427531
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



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In this compelling book, Lawrence M. Friedman looks at situations where killing is condemned by law but not by social norms and, therefore, is rarely punished. He shows how penal codes categorize homicides by degree of intent, which are in turn based on society's sense of moral outrage. Despite being officially defined as murder, many homicides have historically gone unpunished.

Friedman looks at early vigilante justice, crimes of passion, murder of necessity, mercy killings, and assisted suicides. In his explorations of these unpunished homicides, Friedman probes what these circumstances tell us about conflicts in social and cultural norms and the interaction of law and society.

Subjects:
Legal History, Law and Society
Contents:
Introduction
1. Popular Justice and Injustice
2. The Unwritten Law
3. Dead on Arrival
4. The Quality of Mercy
5. Black Swans
6. The Meaning of Unwritten Law.