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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Appleman on Epps on Error in Criminal Justice

Appleman lauraLaura I. Appleman (Willamette University College of Law) has posted A Tragedy of Errors: Blackstone, Procedural Asymmetry, and Criminal Justice (Harvard Law Review Forum, Vol. 128, p. 91, p. 2015) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

A response to Daniel Epps's "The Consequences of Error in Criminal Justice," critiquing the author’s suggestion to model the criminal law more "equitably." I discuss the true costs of the criminal law on our most vulnerable members of society, particularly in a world of plea bargains. I conclude that with our system of rapid guilty pleas, vast race- and class-based outcome disparities, and harsh mandatory sentencing, we should still desire some asymmetry that favors the defendant, even for those who are guilty.

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