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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Zalman on Cassell on Wrongful Convictions and Acquittals

Marvin Zalman (Wayne State University) has posted A Brief Reply to Professor Cassell (Seton Hall Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
My reply to Paul G. Cassell, Tradeoffs Between Wrongful Convictions and Wrongful Acquittals: Analyzing the Risks and Avoiding the Risks, which is in part a response to my article. The Anti-Blackstonians asserts (1) that all legal scholarship reflects the ideological predilections of authors and thus that our exchange should be evaluated in light of Prof. Cassell’s conservative and my liberal world views; (2) that many of Prof. Cassell’s assertions about correcting wrongful convictions are exaggerated, without scientific foundation, or wrong; (3) that Cassell’s support for Dr. Laudan’s ideas are misguided and if implemented would exacerbate the miseries of mass incarceration, and (4) a narrow focus on wrongful convictions should not hide the point that such injustices emanate from a deeply flawed criminal justice system.

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