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The Punishment Jurist


Marc O. DeGirolami


St. John's University School of Law

October 29, 2012

Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law, Markus Dubber, ed., Oxford University Press (Forthcoming)
St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-0023

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This is an essay on the critical history of the thought of the Victorian-era judge, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen. It discusses some of the themes in his major work, "The History of the Criminal Law of England." And it reflects on a cluster of questions involving criminal punishment: whether Stephen had a "theory" of punishment; if not how best to characterize his thought; and whether his views and understanding of the aims and functions of punishment remain relevant. The essay explores Stephen's positive and critical contributions, and it concludes that Stephen's major insight was methodological. His view is that the reasons for punishment cannot be separated from the obligations and the nature of the judicial office. He was neither a punishment retributivist nor a punishment consequentialist, but a punishment jurist.

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Keywords: crime, punishment, history, theory, judiciary

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Date posted: October 30, 2012  

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DeGirolami, Marc O., The Punishment Jurist (October 29, 2012). Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law, Markus Dubber, ed., Oxford University Press (Forthcoming); St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-0023. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2168188

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Queens, NY 11439
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