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Advanced Introduction to Landmark Criminal Cases

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Advanced Introduction to Landmark Criminal Cases

9781800886773 Edward Elgar Publishing
George P. Fletcher, Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University School of Law, New York, US
Publication Date: October 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 677 3 Extent: 160 pp
This engaging and accessible book focuses on high-profile criminal trials and examines the strategy of the lawyers, the reasons for conviction or acquittal, as well as the social importance of these famous cases.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.
 
This engaging and accessible book focuses on high-profile criminal trials and examines the strategy of the lawyers, the reasons for conviction or acquittal, as well as the social importance of these famous cases.
 
Key features include:
 
• An in-depth examination of cases that are described only superficially in the media

• Comparative analysis of headline crimes and the evolving issues of crime, punishment and justice
 
• Detailed exploration of 11 landmark criminal cases including the trials of Amanda Knox, Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson.
 
The Advanced Introduction to Landmark Criminal Cases will be a key resource for students and scholars of criminal law and justice. It will also make an interesting read for lawyers and those interested in the famous trials of the last century.
Critical Acclaim
‘George Fletcher, America's leading criminal law scholar, also happens to be a gifted storyteller, known for his gripping first-person account of the Bernhard Goetz trial. In his new book, he offers compelling narratives of eleven famous trials – from the trial of Jesus to that of O.J. Simpson – and uses each to bring to life a fundamental problem of criminal justice. Eye-opening and thought-provoking, it is both a great teaching resource and an entertaining read!’
– Guyora Binder, University at Buffalo, School of Law, US

‘Landmark trials have deeply influenced societal understandings of law throughout the ages. George Fletcher invites us to reflect on these great transformations – beginning with the convictions of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate and moving onward to the recent decision by American courts to acquit Salim Hamdan of terrorism in the Afghan War. The publication of his book couldn’t be more timely as all of us reflect on the larger implications of Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction.’
– Bruce Ackerman, Yale University, US

‘Penned by perhaps the world’s leading comparative criminal law scholar, Advanced Introduction to Landmark Criminal Cases is a rich and fascinating account of the leading criminal trials from around the world and from ancient history to the present day. The book would be perfect as a supplement to a first-year Criminal Law class, challenging enough to serve as the principal text for an upper-level advanced law school class, engaging enough for an undergrad class about the law, yet sufficiently suffused with clear explanation for the general reader. It is yet another wonderful book from the criminal law master.’
– Russell Christopher, University of Tulsa, US
Contents
Contents: Introduction and overview 1. The trial of Bernhard Goetz 2. The trial of O.J. Simpson 3. The trial of Adoph Eichmann 4. The trial of Detlef Tiede 5. The trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan 6. The trial of John Thomas Scopes 7. The trial of Jesus of Nazareth 8. The trial of Aaron Burr 9. The trial of Amanda Knox 10. The trial of Mike Tyson 11. The trial of Jack Ruby Conclusion Index
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