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Author Shuman, Daniel W.

Title Justice and the prosecution of old crimes : balancing legal, psychological, and moral concerns / Daniel W. Shuman, Alexander McCall Smith.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [2000]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Internet  WORLD WIDE WEB E-BOOK EBSCO    Downloadable
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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 143 pages).
Series The law and public policy
Law and public policy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary This volume asks how we as individuals and as a society ought to deal with crimes committed in the distant past. The wrongs addressed include crimes that have targeted individuals, such as sexual abuse, and crimes that have targeted groups, such as war crimes. The authors argue that although these categories of crimes have typically been treated as unrelated, they raise a number of interrelated issues that are obscured if these prosecutions are considered in isolation. To reveal commonalities, the authors explore the philosophical basis for punishment, the legal and psychological aspects of recovered memory, the impact on victims of delayed prosecution, the role of statutes of limitations in constraining prosecution, and the rationale for pardon and amnesty. Moral issues associated with agency and responsibility on the part of the wrongdoer and with forgiveness and mercy on the part of the victim are also considered. Concrete examples drawn from domestic and international law highlight the psychological, moral, and legal concerns that must be weighed in the decision to prosecute or forgive past injustice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).
Note Description based on print version record.
Form Also issued in print.
Note GMD: electronic resource.
Subject Criminal law.
Limitation of actions (Criminal law)
Victims of crimes -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Recovered memory.
Criminal Law.
Crime Victims -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Added Author McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Note Available from some providers with title: PsycBOOKS
Other Form: Original 1557986932 (DLC) 00029277
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