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Description - Truth, Error, and Criminal Law by Larry Laudan

Beginning with the premise that the principal function of a criminal trial is to find out the truth about a crime, Larry Laudan examines the rules of evidence and procedure that would be appropriate if the discovery of the truth were, as higher courts routinely claim, the overriding aim of the criminal justice system. Laudan mounts a systematic critique of existing rules and procedures that are obstacles to that quest. He also examines issues of error distribution by offering the first integrated analysis of the various mechanisms - the standard of proof, the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof - for implementing society's view about the relative importance of the errors that can occur in a trial.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521861663
ISBN-10: 0521861667
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Larry Laudan

Larry Laudan is Principal Investigator at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and president-elect of the Peirce Society. He is the author of many books, most recently Beyond Positisms and Relativism, and The Book of Risks.

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