Justice before the Law

Authors: Huemer, Michael

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  • Includes coverage of police violence and the issues surrounding ethnicity
  • By the author of The Problem of Political Authority, the winner of the 2013 PROSE award for philosophy
  • Argues that prosecutors, judges, lawyers, and jury members ought to place justice before the law
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America’s legal system harbors serious, widespread injustices. Many defendants are sent to prison for nonviolent offenses, including many victimless crimes. Convicts often serve draconian sentences in crowded prisons rife with abuse. Almost all defendants are convicted without trial because prosecutors threaten defendants with drastically higher sentences if they request a trial. Most Americans are terrified of encountering any kind of legal trouble, knowing that both civil and criminal courts are extremely slow, unreliable, and expensive to use. This book explores the largest injustices in the legal system and what can be done about them. Besides proposing institutional reforms, the author argues that prosecutors, judges, lawyers, and jury members ought to place justice before the law – for example, by refusing to enforce unjust laws or impose unjust sentences. Issues addressed include:

·         The philosophical basis for judgments about rights and justice

·         The problems of overcriminalization and mass incarceration

·         Abuse of power by police and prosecutors

·         The injustice of plea bargaining

·         The appropriateness of jury nullification

·         The authority of the law, or the lack thereof

Justice Before the Law is essential reading for everyone interested in legal ethics, the rule of law, and criminal justice. It is also ideal for students of legal philosophy.

About the authors

Michael Huemer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, USA. He is the author of more than seventy articles in ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and metaphysics, as well as six bestselling philosophy books, including Ethical Intuitionism (2005), The Problem of Political Authority (2012) and Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism (2019).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-12

    Huemer, Michael

  • Law and Morality

    Pages 13-42

    Huemer, Michael

  • Unjust Laws

    Pages 45-74

    Huemer, Michael

  • The Price of Justice

    Pages 75-110

    Huemer, Michael

  • Extorted Pleas

    Pages 111-142

    Huemer, Michael

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justice before the Law
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67543-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-67543-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-67542-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 373
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