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Fluky Justice

Deborah Tuerkheimer

in Flawed Convictions

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780199913633
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199361830 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913633.003.0007
Fluky Justice

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As understandings of the triad have evolved, so too has the criminal justice system’s response to SBS begun to shift. Greater skepticism can be discerned in the charging decisions of prosecutors, the verdicts of juries, and the rulings of judges. Yet doubts about the meaning of the triad by no means manifest themselves uniformly. Instead, similar fact patterns result in wildly disparate outcomes, from non-prosecution to lifelong incarceration. As our criminal justice system struggles to integrate the latest thinking about SBS, justice is distributed unevenly, sporadically, and in rather chaotic fashion. This chapter surveys this landscape, focusing on acquittals; dismissals; and cases not resulting in an arrest, but in family court intervention.

Keywords: skepticism; acquittals; dismissals; non-arrest; fluky justice; disparate outcomes; family court

Chapter.  12729 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; Medical and Healthcare Law

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