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Counting Victims and Multiplying Counts: Business Robbery, Faux Victims, and Draconian Punishment


Harry M. Caldwell


Pepperdine University - School of Law

Jennifer Allison


Harvard Law School Library

June 16, 2010

Idaho Law Review, Vol. 46, 2010
Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010/6

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This Article offers a 50-state survey of robbery statutes, specifically examining the charging and sentencing regimes for the robbery of a business during which multiple people, including employees and customers, are threatened. It begins by presenting a historical overview of the crime of robbery, focusing specifically on the robbery of a business. Then, the survey results are described, and specific problems related to multiplicity of punishment are discussed. Finally, a reasonable and ideal model of business robbery jurisprudence is offered - one that focuses on punishing the defendant proportionally to the severity of the crime committed, and that furthers the intention of criminal law to protect innocent people for the benefit of society.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: robbery, business robbery, crime, criminal, punishment, business, customer, employee, multiplicity, sentencing, Three-Strikes, prosecute, counts, convict

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Date posted: June 17, 2010  

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Caldwell, Harry M. and Allison, Jennifer, Counting Victims and Multiplying Counts: Business Robbery, Faux Victims, and Draconian Punishment (June 16, 2010). Idaho Law Review, Vol. 46, 2010; Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010/6. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1625856

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Harry M. Caldwell
Pepperdine University - School of Law ( email )
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States
Jennifer Allison (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School Library ( email )
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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