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Unfair free pdf "A law professor sounds an explosive alarm on the hidden unfairness of our legal system." "Kirkus Reviews, "starred A child is gunned down by a police officer- an investigator ignores critical clues in a case- an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit- a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken. But it s not for the reasons we tend to think, as law professor Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we would still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. This is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us. This is difficult to accept. Our nation is founded on the idea that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the camera angle of a defendant s taped confession, the number of photos in a mug shot book, or a simple word choice during a cross-examination. In "Unfair," Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. Over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awareness. Until we address these hidden biases head-on, Benforado argues, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses of our legal system. Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society s weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the legal system s dysfunction and proposes a wealth of practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law."

About Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado is an associate professor of law at Drexel University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a federal appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner

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Author : Adam Benforado
Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Data Published : 16 June 2015
ISBN : 0770437761
EAN : 9780770437763
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 400 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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