On Death and Magic: Law, Necromancy and the Great Beyond
Eric J. Gouvin
Western New England University School of Law
LAW AND MAGIC, Christine Corcos, ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2010
Every now and then, our legal system interacts with the spirit world, whether by virtue of seances being used in establishing the defense in a criminal matter or being used by the prosecution to impugn the defendant, or because of the impact that ghosts may have on stigmatized property or by virtue of houses being built on cemeteries, like in the movie "Poltergeist." Our legal system has an uneasy relationship with the spirit world and this chapter in the book explores that relationship.
Keywords: ghosts, spiritualism, psychically impacted property
JEL Classification: K20
Date posted: September 20, 2010 ; Last revised: December 28, 2011
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