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Criminal Law Conversations$
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Paul H. Robinson, Stephen Garvey, and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199861279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199861279.001.0001

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Results don’t Matter

Results don’t Matter

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(p.147) 7. Results don’t Matter
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Criminal Law Conversations
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Larry Alexander

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199861279.003.0007

This chapter argues that harm resulting from culpability is immaterial, and that an actor who is culpable for choosing to risk harm to others and their interests for insufficient reasons sets forth the necessary and sufficient conditions for blameworthiness and punishment. It includes comments by some of the nation's top legal scholars from the field of criminal law, tackling topics such as the reducibility of crime and why criminal harm matters.

Keywords:   culpability, blameworthiness, punishment, criminal law, crime reducibility, criminal harm

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