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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Crespo on Impeachment as Punishment

Andrew Manuel Crespo (Harvard Law School) has posted Impeachment As Punishment (Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2019, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In their recent book "To End a Presidency" Prof. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz canvas the arguments for and against impeaching a president who has committed high Crimes and Misdemeanors. This review essay examines that same question ("why impeach?") through the broader lens of criminal jurisprudence, which perennially confronts the related and familiar question: "why punish?" After assessing Tribe and Matz's arguments for and against impeachment along the familiar Benthamite and Kantian axes, the essay ultimately recasts the dilemma of impeachment as a dilemma for reconstructivist accounts of punishment itself: Does punishing a wrongdoer--including potentially the President of the United States--help society heal in the wake of serious criminal acts, or does the prospect of punishment only tear us further apart?

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