Effect of Legal Education Upon Perceptions of Crime Seriousness: A Response to Rummel v. Estelle

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Joshua Dressler

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Peter N. Thompson

Hamline University - School of Law

Stanley S. Wasserman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Psychology; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 1, 1982

Abstract

Retributive penal philosophy calls for punishment of a law violator to be proportional to the seriousness of the crime committed. However, proportionality is an elusive concept and is calculating differently, especially by utilitarians and retributivists. Studies have been conducted with the perception of students, occupational groups, and the general population. This article addresses the effect of legal education on law students in perceptions of crime including general ranking of crimes, perceived crime seriousness by harm, seriousness by mens rea, and seriousness by imputation.

Keywords: Utilitarian, retributivist, crime seriousness, perceptions penal philosophy, crime, mens rea, Rummel v. Estelle

JEL Classification: K14, K4, K00, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Dressler, Joshua and Thompson, Peter N. and Wasserman, Stanley S., Effect of Legal Education Upon Perceptions of Crime Seriousness: A Response to Rummel v. Estelle (January 1, 1982). Wayne Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, p. 1247, 1982. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1944357

Joshua Dressler

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

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Peter N. Thompson (Contact Author)

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

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United States

Stanley S. Wasserman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Psychology ( email )

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United States
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(217) 333-3325 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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