New PDF release: American law: an introduction

By Lawrence Meir Friedman

ISBN-10: 019046058X

ISBN-13: 9780190460587

ISBN-10: 0190460628

ISBN-13: 9780190460624

This paintings offers an advent to the yankee criminal approach for a large readership. Its concentration is on legislations in perform, at the function of the legislations in American society; and the way the social context impacts the residing legislation of the United States

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To a large extent, we live in invisible cages, unaware of unconscious limitations—​unaware that context and culture determine to a large extent what we like and what we do. 32 Still, in many areas of life, we do stay bound to some corner of society that rules us without “official” sanction; but this is because, in whole or in part, we want to, collectively—​that is, people (or most of them) agree on what the norms are, and what they should be; or at least agree about who has authority to set standards and make up rules.

4 These security guards wear uniforms and often look like the police who are paid by the state. They often walk regular beats, and they can and do make arrests. The private police business is growing very fast. But it is not a new phenomenon. 5 Other detective agencies sprang up in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Companies stung by losses from crime, inside and outside, have turned more and more to private police and private detectives for help. People who live in closed subdivisions in the suburbs also turn to private uniformed guards to give them a sense of security.

It is a basic fact about the American legal system (and the legal systems in other modern countries) that the way the system is described, on paper, its official form, does not tell us how it actually works in real life. Sometimes we are perfectly willing to accept a certain shortfall between form and reality. The speed laws can serve as our example once more: it does not trouble us, or the police, that the “real” speed limit on Interstate 280 is not sixty-​five, the official figure, but something a bit higher.

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