Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law

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Macmillan, 1. svi 2005. - Broj stranica: 432
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From the American Revolution to the genetic revolution, to race and abortion rights, legal expert David L. Faigman’s Laboratory of Justice examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s uneasy attempts to weave science into the Constitution.

Suppose that scientists identify a gene that predicts that a person is likely to commit a serious crime. Laws are then passed making genetic tests mandatory, and anyone displaying the gene is sent to a treatment facility. Would the laws be constitutional?

In this illuminating history, Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law, legal scholar David L. Faigman reveals the tension between the conservative nature of the law and the swift evolution of scientific knowledge. The Supreme Court works by precedent, embedding the science of an earlier time into our laws. In the nineteenth century, biology helped settle the “race question” in the famous Dred Scott case; not until a century later would cutting-edge sociological data end segregation with Brown v. Board of Education. In 1973, Roe v. Wade set a standard for the viability of a fetus that modern medicine could render obsolete. And how does the Fourth Amendment apply in a world filled with high-tech surveillance devices?

To ensure our liberties, Faigman argues, the Court must embrace science, turning to the lab as well as to precedent.

“Faigman takes the Supreme Court to task for persistently failing to inquire into the merits of the scientific evidence in the cases before it.”—Daniel J. Kevles, Legal Affairs

“Faigman is one attorney who hasn’t shied away from insisting that judges stay up to speed with scientific knowledge.”—The Christian Science Monitor

 

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Arguing that "Constitutional law is rife with empirical propositions," Faigman (law, Univ. of California, Hastings; Legal Alchemy) examines how empirical evidence from natural and social sciences has ... Pročitajte cijelu recenziju

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Title Page
A Constitution by
Dred Scott
Holmes
Race and Eugenics
Brown v Board
Privacy
Equal Protection in
The Moral and Empirical
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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O autoru (2005)

A professor of law at the University of California at Hastings, David L. Faigman is the author of Legal Alchemy and a frequently cited expert on scientific evidence. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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