Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

This journal publishes articles in the field of criminal law and criminology, focusing on legal doctrine.

Articles from Vol. 100, No. 1, Winter

Denying Defendants the Benefit of a Reasonable Doubt: Federal Rule of Evidence 609 and Past Sex Crime Convictions
I. INTRODUCTION Late one cold night in Chicago, a homeless man came upon an unlocked car parked on the street. He decided he would sleep in it. Early the following morning, he awoke just as a police cruiser pulled parallel to the car. He was arrested...
Learning from Error in American Criminal Justice
While an operator error may be the proximate "cause" of the accident, the root causes were often present within the system for a long time. The operator has, in a real sense, been "set up" to fail by poor design, faulty maintenance, or erroneous management...
Provoking Change: Comparative Insights on Feminist Homicide Law Reform
I. INTRODUCTION Compared to rape doctrine, American homicide law has changed little in response to feminist concerns about the gender bias of the criminal law, aside from the controversial introduction of battered woman syndrome (BWS) evidence in...
The Rise and Fall of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology
I. INTRODUCTION On June 7th and 8th, 1909, one hundred and fifty delegates from throughout the United States met at the Northwestern University School of Law to attend the First National Conference on Criminal Law and Criminology (National Conference)....
The Undermining Influence of the Federal Death Penalty on Capital Policymaking and Criminal Justice Administration in the States
I. INTRODUCTION When Ronell Wilson was sentenced to death by a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York in March of 2007, (1) it was the first federal death sentence obtained in New York City in over fifty years. (2) Wilson was originally...
Two Wrongs Make a Wrong: A Challenge to Plea Bargaining and Collateral Consequence Statutes through Their Integration
I. INTRODUCTION The prevalence of plea bargaining in the U.S. criminal justice system is undisputed, though the desirability of such a system has been a subject of considerable debate for decades. (1) Regardless of the constitutional improprieties...
When the Law Preserves Injustice: Issues Raised by a Wrongful Incarceration Exception to Attorney-Client Confidentiality
I. INTRODUCTION The United States is built upon a foundation of liberty, (1) a value that is reflected in nearly every facet of American law and culture. Perhaps in part because of this fundamental value, the idea of wrongful incarcerations is particularly...