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What Is Criminal Law About?, Guyora Binder, Robert Weisberg Jan 2015

What Is Criminal Law About?, Guyora Binder, Robert Weisberg

Journal Articles

In a recent critique, Jens Ohlin faults contemporary criminal law textbooks for emphasizing philosophy, history and social science at the expense of doctrinal training. In this response, we argue that the political importance of criminal law justifies including reflection about the justice of punishment in the professional education of lawyers. First, we argue that both understanding and evaluating criminal law doctrine requires consideration of political philosophy, legal history, and empirical research. Second, we argue that the indeterminacy of criminal law doctrine on some fundamental questions means that criminal lawyers often cannot avoid invoking normative theory in fashioning legal arguments. Finally ...


The Adulterous Wife: A Cross-Historical And Interdisciplinary Approach, Meghan E.B. Norton Sep 2007

The Adulterous Wife: A Cross-Historical And Interdisciplinary Approach, Meghan E.B. Norton

Buffalo Women's Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Origins Of American Felony Murder Rules, Guyora Binder Jan 2004

The Origins Of American Felony Murder Rules, Guyora Binder

Journal Articles

Contemporary commentators continue to instruct lawyers and law students that England bequeathed America a sweeping default principle of strict liability for all deaths caused in all felonies. This Article exposes the harsh "common law" felony murder rule as a myth. It retraces the origins of American felony murder rules to reveal their modern, American, and legislative sources, the rationality of their original scope, and the fairness of their original application. It demonstrates that the draconian doctrine of strict liability for all deaths resulting from all felonies was never enacted into English law or received into American law. This Article reviews ...


Oliver Wendell Holmes And External Standards Of Criminal And Tort Liability: Application Of Theory On The Massachusetts Bench, William A. Lundquist Jul 1979

Oliver Wendell Holmes And External Standards Of Criminal And Tort Liability: Application Of Theory On The Massachusetts Bench, William A. Lundquist

Buffalo Law Review

No abstract provided.


Comments On The History Of Plea Bargaining, Lynn M. Mather Jan 1979

Comments On The History Of Plea Bargaining, Lynn M. Mather

Journal Articles

No abstract provided.


The Eighth Amendment, Beccaria, And The Enlightenment: An Historical Justification For The Weems V. United States Excessive Punishment Doctrine, Deborah A. Schwartz, Jay Wishingrad Apr 1975

The Eighth Amendment, Beccaria, And The Enlightenment: An Historical Justification For The Weems V. United States Excessive Punishment Doctrine, Deborah A. Schwartz, Jay Wishingrad

Buffalo Law Review

No abstract provided.


Notes Toward A History Of American Justice, Lawrence M. Friedman Oct 1974

Notes Toward A History Of American Justice, Lawrence M. Friedman

Buffalo Law Review

Adapted from the Mitchell lecture delivered by the author at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law on October 17, 1973