Murder and the Reasonable Man: Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom

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CYNTHIA LEE is Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. where she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C, Professor Lee was Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Professor Lee was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in political science and received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Crimes of Passion (The Doctrine of Provocation) 15
  • 1: Female Infidelity 17
  • 2: Unreasonable Women, Gay Men, and Men of Color 46
  • 3: Gay Panic 67
  • 4: Culture and Crime 96
  • Part II - Crimes of Fear (The Doctrine of Self-Defense) 125
  • 5: An Overview of the Doctrine of Self-Defense 127
  • 6: Race and Self-Defense 137
  • 7: Race and Police Use of Deadly Force 175
  • Part III - Rethinking Reasonableness 201
  • 8: The Elusive Meaning of Reasonableness 203
  • 9: Toward a Normative Conception of Reasonableness 226
  • 10: The Act-Emotion Distinction 260
  • Conclusion 276
  • Notes 279
  • Bibliography 349
  • Index 365
  • About the Author 371
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