Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System Austin Sarat

ISBN: 9781316371978

Published: July 29th 2015

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344 pages


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Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System  by  Austin Sarat

Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System by Austin Sarat
July 29th 2015 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 344 pages | ISBN: 9781316371978 | 9.56 Mb

Law has a strangely complicated relationship to deception. Though it sometimes takes a hard line on behalf of truth the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, competing values often cause law to look the other way. How and why is lyingMoreLaw has a strangely complicated relationship to deception. Though it sometimes takes a hard line on behalf of truth the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, competing values often cause law to look the other way.

How and why is lying alternately accepted, condemned, or prosecuted? What are the governments interests in allowing or disallowing lying? Law and Lies is the first book to thematically address the role of lying in the American legal system. Undercover police agents are permitted to lie in the name of catching criminals, and government officials are permitted to lie in service of national security.

In the case of the militarys Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy, lying was not only permitted, but actively encouraged. A range of illuminating case studies reveal that the governments tolerance of deception is rarely as simple as the whole truth.



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