The Abuse Excuse by Alan M. Dershowitz
And Other Cop-Outs, Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility

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A controversial civil libertarian and renowned criminal defense lawyer presents a collection of essays that explore the ""abuse excuse,"" arguing that a current trend in claimed victimhood has enabled individuals to be absolved of criminal guilt. 50,000 first printing.
 

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Attorney and bestselling author Alan M. Dershowitz was first in his class at Yale Law School. Dershowitz was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and the youngest full professor in the history of Harvard Law School. He is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dershowitz has represented many controversial clients, including O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley and Patricia Hearst. His books include Reasonable Doubt (about the O. J. Simpson trial) and Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis.
 
Published October 1, 1994 by Little Brown & Co (T). 341 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He takes no note, however, of the fact that many women wait weeks or months before being accepted into a shelter, nor does he grapple with the problem that, although a sleeping husband may not seem to pose an imminent threat, since one-third of all women murdered in this country (as of 1992) are ...

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Harvard Law School professor Dershowitz (Chutzpah) views battered wife syndrome, ``black rage,'' the ``crime of passion'' mitigation, sexual abuse syndrome and other defenses as ``abuse excuses.'' In his blistering critique, Dershowitz sees such ploys and jurors' sympathetic responses to them as ...

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Harvard Law professor and high-profile lawyer Dershowitz's collection of essays concerns the trend of criminal defendants claiming to be victims as a way of avoiding responsibility for their actions.

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