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Engines of truth : producing veracity in the Victorian courtroom

Author: Wendie Ellen Schneider
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015
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During the Victorian era, new laws allowed more witnesses to testify in court cases. At the same time, an emerging cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the development of new ways of inhibiting perjury. Strikingly original and drawing on a broad array of archival research, Wendie Schneider's examination of the Victorian courtroom charts this period of experimentation and how its innovations shaped contemporary  Read more...
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Schneider, Wendie Ellen,
Engines of truth
(OCoLC)929776763
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wendie Ellen Schneider
ISBN: 9780300216554 0300216556
OCLC Number: 945211581
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 265 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: The rise and fall of perjury prosecutions --
The gentlemanly art of cross-examination --
Perjury and prevarication in British India --
The queen's proctor : an inquisitorial experiment --
Adultery, sex offenses, and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898.
Responsibility: Wendie Ellen Schneider.

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During the Victorian era, new laws allowed more witnesses to testify in court cases. At the same time, an emerging cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the development of new ways of inhibiting perjury. Strikingly original and drawing on a broad array of archival research, Wendie Schneider's examination of the Victorian courtroom charts this period of experimentation and how its innovations shaped contemporary trial procedure. Blending legal, social, and colonial history, she shines new light on cross-examination, the most enduring product of this time and the "greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth."

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