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Author Robinson, Paul H., 1948-

Title Justice, liability, and blame : community views and the criminal law / Paul H. Robinson and John M. Darley.

Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  345.73 ROBI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series New directions in social psychology.
New directions in social psychology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-299) and index.
Contents 1. Community Standards and the Criminal Law -- 2. Doctrines of Criminalization: What Conduct Should Be Criminal? -- 3. Doctrines of Justification: When Should It Be Lawful for One to Engage in Conduct That Normally Would Constitute a Violation? -- 4. Doctrines of Culpability: When Is One's Violation of a Legal Rule Blameworthy? -- 5. Doctrines of Excuse: When Is One's Rule Violation Blameless? -- 6. Doctrines of Grading: What Degree of Punishment Is Deserved for One's Blameworthy Violation? -- 7. Conflict Between Community Views and Criminal Codes -- Appendix B: Text of Stimulus Instrument Scenarios -- Appendix C: Liability Score/Imprisonment Term Translation Table.
One implication is the possibility that such conflicts could lead to reduced compliance as the code loses its moral authority with the community.
Summary Drafters of legal codes often implicitly or explicitly seek to incorporate community standards. To what extent have they succeeded? This book examines shared intuitive notions of justice among laypersons and compares the discovered principles to those instantiated in current American criminal codes. After discussion of the proper role of community views in formulating legal doctrine, Robinson and Darley report eighteen original studies on a wide range of issues in dispute among legal theorists. The authors compare lay intuitions and code provisions on such questions as the justified use of force, insanity, causation, complicity, risk-creation, omission liability, culpability requirements, duress, entrapment, multiple offenses, and criminalization matters such as felony-murder and sexual offenses. Many important differences between the legal code and community views are found, and the authors discuss the implications of those differences.
Other author Darley, John M.
Subject Criminal law -- Social aspects -- United States.
Criminal law -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Variant Title Justice, liability & blame.
ISBN 0813332818 (paperback)
0813324505 (alk. paper)