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January 1935

Criminal Law in Action.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(1):244. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250130250026

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Abstract

This book, which was written for the layman, consists of short chapters dealing with the various phases of the legal machinery of this country and places stress on its failures rather than on the actual mechanism of the law itself. The author succeeds in putting his finger on most of the well known weaknesses, such as the system of trial by jury and the manners, methods and attitudes of the police, lawyers, judges, newspapers and the public. The book is not a critique born of experience, nor does it cite specific and apt examples, as does Moley's work in the same field. It is rather a group of examples taken from the criminal history to exemplify the poor working of the legal system. One chapter which might be of interest to the psychiatrist is a rather weak disquisition on insanity as a defense, in which the author gives a lucid

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