Episodic Leniency in Britain and America

Mary E. Vogel

in Coercion to Compromise

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195101751
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Episodic Leniency in Britain and America

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This chapter explores the cultural tradition of episodic leniency among the imaginative constructions of the common law in Great Britain and America. It investigates the courts' use of episodic leniency for purposes of social control during the early nineteenth century, and highlights the developments in the legal cultural tradition of leniency and the influences that shaped them. The chapter describes various forms of leniency and suggests that leniency, along with the practice of admonition, constituted a crucial component of the cultural repertoire on which plea bargaining drew.

Keywords: episodic leniency; common law; cultural tradition; Great Britain; America; social control; courts; admonition; plea bargaining

Chapter.  6378 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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