A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1990 - Political Science - 272 pages
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The popular press dubbed him "the subway vigilante": Bernhard Goetz, who on December 22, 1984, shot four black youths on a New York subway train when one of them asked for five dollars. Goetz claimed to have fired in self-defense, out of fear that the young men were about to rob him.

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An infuriating and facinating read about a trial that should have gone another way. Berhard Goetz is pathetic and a murderer, who's defense lawyers massacred the incompetent prosecuters in his trial ... Read full review

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George P. Fletcher, the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University, is one of the preeminent scholars of criminal law in the English language. His Rethinking Criminal Law (2000 OUP) and The Grammar of Criminal Law: American, Comparative, and International (2007 OUP) are regarded as
the leading works in the theory of criminal law and comparative criminal law.
Jens David Ohlin is an expert in international criminal law and has published articles on subjects ranging from genocide, war crimes, conspiracy, international law and human rights. He holds both a law degree and a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University, where he currently teaches.

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