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A Case Of Murder: No Regret!

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The procedure is demanding in other respects: it confronts defendants with the issues of guilt and remorse. In a case of murder, after first admissions, the focus of casework shifted towards the moral implications of the deed. This case-study examines how moralising is exercised in the Crown Court procedure and to what effects. Case-making involves the evaluation of good and bad, of guilt and responsibility. It involves morals, especially relating to the character of the person who committed an offence or, like here, who pleaded guilty to the allegations. The chapter discusses the Crown Court's procedure by which guilt is attributed to the defendant and, moreover, how the defendant is expected to respond to this attribution. The author presents indirect moralising as a procedural modality. In the legal setting, direct moralising typically involves the co presence of offender and victim in sometimes heated and emotional events.

Keywords: Case-making; Crown Court; indirect moralising



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