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Friday, December 11, 2015

Morse on Remorse

Morse stephenStephen Morse (University of Pennsylvania Law School) has posted Commentary: Reflections on Remorse (Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Vol. 42, Pg. 49, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This commentary on Zhong et al. begins by addressing the definition of remorse. It then primarily focuses on the relation between remorse and various justifications for punishment commonly accepted in Anglo-American jurisprudence and suggests that remorse cannot be used in a principled way in sentencing. It examines whether forensic psychiatrists have special expertise in evaluating remorse and concludes that they do not. The final section is a pessimistic meditation on sentencing disparities, which is a striking finding of Zhong et al.

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