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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Contents

The Legal Framework and Social Norms Robert Asher Lawrence B Goodheart and Alan Rogers
3
John J Navin
33
Michael Ayers Trotti
61
Race and the 1982 Murder Trial of Mumia AbuJamal Dave Lindorff
87
Changing Standards in the Criminal Law of Connecticut 16501853 Nancy H Steenburg
113
The Ambiguity of Moral Insanity in NineteenthCentury Connecticut Lawrence B Goodheart
135
Murder and the Insanity Defense in Massachusetts 18442000 Alan Rogers
155
Shakers Family and the Death of Elder Caleb Dyer Elizabeth A De Wolfe
185
Innocent Wife Exploring the Meaning of Honor in the Murder Trials of George W Cole LauraEve Moss
207
Inquest Photography in the Trial of Lizzie Borden Tiffany Johnson Bidler
235
List of Contributors
271
Index
273
Index of Cases Cited in Text
279
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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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