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<i>In re</i> the Legal System

Lynn S. Chancer

in High-Profile Crimes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226101125
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.003.0004
In re the Legal System

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This chapter explores the strategies of legal actors and the perceptions of high profile cases in the U.S. and analyzes the consequences of legal cases becoming conflated with social causes in provoking assaults. It focuses on several cases including the Central Park jogger, the murder of Yusef Hawkins, and the trials of William Kennedy Smith and Mike Tyson. This chapter examines the role of the legal system in these cases and how the law reacts once high-profile crime cases have mushroomed into provoking assaults.

Keywords: high profile cases; legal actors; social cases; provoking assaults; legal system; Central Park jogger; Yusef Hawkins; William Kennedy Smith; Mike Tyson

Chapter.  23044 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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