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1986

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Extra-Legal Factors In The American Legal System, Peter W. Mayer Jan 1986

Extra-Legal Factors In The American Legal System, Peter W. Mayer

Honors Papers

The laws of the United States have been written over time with the intention of providing a framework for fair, legitimate, and uniform legal decisions to be made. Laws attempt to provide national tranquility by providing channels of punishment for those who disobey them. At the same time laws in the United States attempt to avoid any conflict with differing cultural values present in our nation. The laws of the United States are intended to function without regard to the race, sex, or religion of the defendant, complainant, or attorneys involved. Laws themselves cannot help but embody the cultural values ...