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Obstruction of Justice

STUART P GREEN

in Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225804
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191708411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225804.003.0016

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Obstruction of Justice

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The moral ambivalence that the public feels towards white-collar crime is nowhere more apparent than in the case of obstruction of justice. In one high profile obstruction prosecution after another, doubts have been raised as to whether what the defendant did was something that really deserves to be treated as a crime. This chapter presents a thoroughgoing analysis of the moral content of obstruction-type crimes, a comprehensive framework for thinking about such offenses that could be used across the board in a theoretically consistent manner to evaluate both the statutory treatment of whole categories of criminal behavior and the prosecution and punishment of individual cases.

Keywords: white-collar crime; criminal law; obstruction of justice; obstructive behaviour

Chapter.  11856 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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