Foreword: Adjudicating the Guilty Mind

Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 75, No. 2, 2012

5 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2012

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Lisa Kern Griffin

Duke University School of Law

Samuel W. Buell

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: March 19, 2012

Abstract

In May 2011, a group of scholars gathered at Duke University School of Law for a conference on "Adjudicating the Guilty Mind." That discussion started from the premise that making dispositive mental state determinations in the criminal justice system requires greater sophistication with respect to both substance and procedure. The Symposium issue introduced in this Foreword seeks to bring different methodologies and perspectives to bear on the difficult question of how the public perceives culpability, how the law defines it, and how the justice system identifies it in a given case. Looking through various lenses — including social and cognitive psychology, moral philosophy, economics, and empirical studies of jury decisionmaking and judicial behavior — the authors offer new ideas about what the criminal law’s increasingly heavy reliance on mental state means and requires.

Suggested Citation

Griffin, Lisa Kern and Buell, Samuel W., Foreword: Adjudicating the Guilty Mind (March 19, 2012). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 75, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2090077

Lisa Kern Griffin

Duke University School of Law ( email )

210 Science Drive
Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
United States

Samuel W. Buell (Contact Author)

Duke University School of Law ( email )

210 Science Drive
Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
United States
919-613-7193 (Phone)

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