Murder on Trial: 1620-2002

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Robert Asher, Lawrence B. Goodheart, Alan Rogers
SUNY Press, Mar 29, 2005 - Social Science - 279 pages
This fascinating collection examines murder jurisprudence the social rules that govern the arrest, trial, and punishment of people accused of murder in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The contributors show how changing social mores have influenced the application of murder law by highlighting the ways cultural biases like racism, changing ideas about childhood and insanity, and the ameliorative effects of middle class status and paternal imagery both helped and handicapped persons accused of murder. Such famous cases as the Lizzie Borden axe murder and African American activist Abu-Jamal s murder trial are included.

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The Legal Framework and Social Norms Robert Asher Lawrence B Goodheart and Alan Rogers
John J Navin
Michael Ayers Trotti
Race and the 1982 Murder Trial of Mumia AbuJamal Dave Lindorff
Changing Standards in the Criminal Law of Connecticut 16501853 Nancy H Steenburg
The Ambiguity of Moral Insanity in NineteenthCentury Connecticut Lawrence B Goodheart
Murder and the Insanity Defense in Massachusetts 18442000 Alan Rogers
Shakers Family and the Death of Elder Caleb Dyer Elizabeth A De Wolfe
Innocent Wife Exploring the Meaning of Honor in the Murder Trials of George W Cole LauraEve Moss
Inquest Photography in the Trial of Lizzie Borden Tiffany Johnson Bidler
List of Contributors
Index of Cases Cited in Text

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Robert Asher is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Connecticut.

Lawrence B. Goodheart is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and author of Mad Yankees: The Hartford Retreat for the Insane and Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry.

Alan Rogers is Professor of History at Boston College.

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