Ethics of Reading VI, Criminal Cases: Reading Law with Literature

Search & Detection

Date: 
Wed, 09/30/2015
Location: 
301 Marx Hall
Audience: 
Public


The seminar will study important legal cases in the field of criminal justice alongside some works of literature that appear to deal with the same issues.  Focus on reading legal opinions, especially concerning: guilty minds and guilty acts, detection, evidence, confessions, punishment.  Attention also to the analysis of narrative and rhetoric in both law and literature.

Readings

Brewer v. Williams, 430 U.S., 430 U.S. 387

Nix v. Williams, 467 U.S. 431

U.S. v. Feldhacker, 849 F.2d 293

Sherlock Holmes, "The Speckled Band," "The Musgrave Ritual," "Silver Blaze," "The Final Problem," from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes