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An Appropriate Test For Dishonesty?, Alex Steel Jan 2000

An Appropriate Test For Dishonesty?, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

Courts have struggled to develop a test for dishonesty in both England and Australia. The English test as set out in Ghosh was considered by the Australian High Court in Peters v. The Queen but the court was unable to come up with a true majority opinion on the point. Differences of opinion on the meaning of the concept exist in Australian and English law, and a recent Consultation Paper by the Law Reform Commission of England and Wales has again raised the issue. This article reviews the different positions, and attempts to point a way forward for Australian law ...


Equity And Criminal Law, Howard W. Brill Dec 1999

Equity And Criminal Law, Howard W. Brill

Howard W Brill

The relationship between courts of equity and the criminal law in Arkansas is laid out by two black letter rules: (1) equity will not enjoin a criminal prosecution, and (2) equity will not enjoin a crime. The basis of both rules is that equity should not intervene in criminal courts, unless no other remedy in the court of law exists. However, the exceptions allowed for each rule are different. Exceptions to the first rule include: cases involving property rights, multiple prosecutions, unlawful exactions, or prosecutions made in bad faith. The second rule allows for an exception when a criminal punishment ...


Symposium Prosecuting Transnational Crimes: Cross-Cultural Insights For The Former Soviet Union, James W. Diehm Dec 1999

Symposium Prosecuting Transnational Crimes: Cross-Cultural Insights For The Former Soviet Union, James W. Diehm

James W. Diehm

I have the honor and privilege of commenting on Professor Shelley's address, and not surprisingly to me, having long been an admirer of her and her work, I find myself in agreement with the comments that she made.


The Right To Silence Helps The Innocent: A Game-Theoretic Analysis Of The Fifth Amendment Privilege, Alex Stein, Daniel Seidmann Dec 1999

The Right To Silence Helps The Innocent: A Game-Theoretic Analysis Of The Fifth Amendment Privilege, Alex Stein, Daniel Seidmann

Alex Stein

This Article develops a consequentialist game-theoretic perspective for understanding the right to silence. By applying this perspective, the Article reveals that the conventional perception of the right to silence, as impeding the search for truth and thus helping criminals alone, is mistaken. The Article demonstrates that the right to silence can help triers of fact to distinguish between factually innocent and guilty suspects and defendants. This is achieved by an important feature of the right to silence which this Article brings to the fore: a criminal's self-interested response to questioning can impose externalities (in the form of wrongful conviction ...