The Privilege Against Self Incrimination : Its Origins and Developments

The Privilege Against Self Incrimination : Its Origins and Developments

Description

This is a history of the privilege in law against self-incrimination, demonstrating that what is sometimes considered an unchanging tenet of the legal system has actually encompassed many different legal consequences. The book seeks to uncover what the privilege meant in practice, and traces its history from its origins in the medieval period to its first appearance in English common law; and from its translation to the American colonies to its development into an effective protection for criminal defendants in the 19th century. The authors aim to show that the modern privilege, "the right to remain silent", is far from being a basic civil liberty. The book also questions how well an expansive notion of the privilege accords with commonly accepted principles of morality. This study seeks to provide a revision of our understanding of an important aspect of both criminal and constitutional law.


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Details

Author(s)
R. H. Helmholz, Charles M. Gray, John H. Langbein, Eben Moglen, Henry E. Smith, Albert W. Alschuler
Format
Hardback | 320 pages
Dimensions
158 x 233 x 26.42mm | 560g
Publication date
10 Jul 1997
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
0226326608
ISBN13
9780226326603
Bestsellers rank
1,677,026

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