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High-Profile CrimesWhen Legal Cases Become Social Causes$
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Lynn S. Chancer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.001.0001

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In re the Legal System

In re the Legal System

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(p.115) Chapter 4 In re the Legal System
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High-Profile Crimes
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Lynn S. Chancer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.003.0004

This chapter explores the strategies of legal actors and the perceptions of high profile cases in the U.S. and analyzes the consequences of legal cases becoming conflated with social causes in provoking assaults. It focuses on several cases including the Central Park jogger, the murder of Yusef Hawkins, and the trials of William Kennedy Smith and Mike Tyson. This chapter examines the role of the legal system in these cases and how the law reacts once high-profile crime cases have mushroomed into provoking assaults.

Keywords:   high profile cases, legal actors, social cases, provoking assaults, legal system, Central Park jogger, Yusef Hawkins, William Kennedy Smith, Mike Tyson

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