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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Jet Blue Flight Attendant and the Criminal Law

Murphy erin Erin Murphy (NYU) has published "Is Steven Slater a Criminal?" in USA Today. In part:

Cannibalistic criminalization is also bad for the rest of us. Because harm prevention seems an unconvincing justification for this prosecution, perhaps the district attorney is motivated by another philosophy, such as the desire to deter others from engaging in the same kind of behavior. We are, after all, in the midst of an economic crisis, and the very fact that Slater appears to have tapped such a deep vein of resentment might suggest that failure to punish him would invite others to follow suit.

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