Jurors' Notions of the Law
By (author) Norman J. Finkel
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Commonsense Justice by Norman J. Finkel
Book DescriptionLaw is an essentially human endeavour, a collection of psychological theories about why people think, feel, and behave as they do, and when and why we should find some of them blameworthy and punishable. But is it independent of community sentiment, as some would contend? Or do juries bring the community's judgment to bear on the moral blameworthiness of the defendant? When jurors decide that the law is unfair, or the punishment inappropriate for a particular defendant, they have sometimes nullified the law-not to defeat legal authority but "to perfect and complete" it. In this book, Norman J. Finkel explores the relationship between the "law on the books," as set down in the Constitution and developed in cases and decisions, and what he calls "commonsense justice," the ordinary citizen's notions of what is just and fair.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674005563
(229mm x 149mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norman J. Finkel
Emotions and Culpability, Hardback (November 2006)
Investigates why, when, and how ordinary human beings hold some individuals guilty of crimes, but others less so or not at all. The authors argue persuasively that US law is out of touch with the way that jurors' "commonsense justice" works and the way they judge culpability.
Psychology of Rights and Duties, Hardback (October 2004)» View all books by Norman J. Finkel
This cross-disciplinary book investigates how morality translates into action by presenting original psychological research on our understanding of rights and duties. This topical focus is especially timely in the post 9/11 world, where relative rights and duties of citizens and our government are foremost in our minds.
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Author Biography - Norman J. Finkel
Norman J. Finkel is Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University.
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