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

Conviction & Punishment

Wed, 12/09/2015
301 Marx Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

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.

Guest:  Carol Steiker (Harvard Law)


Ex rel Francis v. Resweber, 329 U.S. 459

Woodson v. North Carolina, 428 U.S. 280

Booth v. Maryland, 482 U.S. 496

Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808

Clarence Darrow, Closing Statement in Leopold & Loeb Trial

Kafka, The Judgment