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The origins of reasonable doubt : theological roots of the criminal trial

Author: James Q Whitman
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Series: Yale Law Library series in legal history and reference.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To be convicted of a crime in the United States. a person must be proven guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." But what is reasonable doubt? Even sophisticated legal experts find this fundamental doctrine difficult to explain. In this accessible book, James Q. Whitman digs deep into the history of the law and discovers that we have lost sight of the original purpose of "reasonable doubt." It was not originally a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Whitman, James Q., 1957-
Origins of reasonable doubt.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608314818
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Q Whitman
ISBN: 9780300116007 0300116004
OCLC Number: 154689010
Notes: Series statement taken from publisher's Web site, viewed November 3, 2015.
Description: ix, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Of factual proof and moral comfort --
The Christian judge and the taint of blood : the theology of killing in war and law --
The decline of the judicial ordeal : from God as witness to man as witness --
Salvation for the judge, damnation for the witnesses : the continent --
Salvation for the judge, damnation for the jury : England --
The crises of the seventeenth century --
The eighteenth century : the rule emerges.
Series Title: Yale Law Library series in legal history and reference.
Responsibility: James Q. Whitman.
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To be convicted of a crime in the United States, a person must be proven guilty 'beyond a reasonable doubt'. But what is reasonable doubt? Examining the history of the law, this work reveals that we  Read more...

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"Whitman's work on reasonable doubt is of immense importance both to the academic and to the practical realm."-M. Cathleen Kaveny, University of Notre Dame Law School -- M. Cathleen Kaveny

 
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