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Between Due Process and Forgiveness: Revisiting Criminal Statutes of Limitations

24 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013  

Rinat Kitai-Sangero

College of Law and Business

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Date Written: March 19, 2013

Abstract

The Article seeks to explicate the purposes behind criminal statutes of limitations, especially in regard to serious crimes. It examines the coherency and persuasiveness of possible rationales for such statutes, focusing on personality change by the perpetrator as a possible explanation or justification for barring prosecution after the lapse of substantial time following the commission of a crime. The Article concludes that the passage of time by itself does not carry enough moral weight to overcome countervailing considerations.

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Kitai-Sangero, Rinat, Between Due Process and Forgiveness: Revisiting Criminal Statutes of Limitations (March 19, 2013). Drake Law Review, Vol. 61, p. 423, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2235736

Rinat Kitai-Sangero (Contact Author)

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26 Ben-Gurion St.
Ramat-Gan
Israel

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