Moral Judgment: Does The Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System? by James Q. WilsonMoral Judgment: Does The Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System? by James Q. Wilson

Moral Judgment: Does The Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System?

byJames Q. Wilson, David Q. Wilson

Paperback | April 11, 1998

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In Moral Judgment, James Q. Wilson demonstrates how our judicial system has compromised its obligation to discriminate between right and wrong. Citing highly publicized verdicts, he makes an erudite case for re-examining the ethical drift of contemporary jurisprudence. Today's headlines he claims, are proof that our judicial system relentlessly subjects itself to forces that limit its capacity to resolve even the gravest moral issues: judging guilt or innocence in the most grievous capital crimes.Moral Judgment provides a much needed antidote to these ambiguities, and a triumph for one of our most admired ethical scholars.
James Q. Wilson is James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA. His previous books include Thinking About Crime, On Character, Bureaucracy, Crime and Human Nature (with Richard J. Herrnstein), and the critically acclaimed The Moral Sense.
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Title:Moral Judgment: Does The Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System?Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.38 × 4.75 × 0.37 inPublished:April 11, 1998Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0465047335

ISBN - 13:9780465047338

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Noted criminologist James Q. Wilson delivers a compelling and controversial explanation of why our legal system does not work. Citing the Menendez Brothers and O.J. Simpson, Wilson exposes how "expert" witnesses and "mitigating circumstance" defenses have diminished our capacity to discriminate between right and wrong in the courtroom--allowing defendants to shirk responsibility and blame society for their actions