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NCJ Number: 165834 Find in a Library
Title: Not Thinking Like a Lawyer: The Case of Drugs in the Courts (From Drugs, Crime, and Justice: Contemporary Perspectives, P 321-356, 1997, Larry K Gaines and Peter B Kraska, eds. -- See NCJ-165819)
Author(s): S Wisotsky
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 36
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on a review of the attitudes of appellate judges in opinions dealing with the drug issues, the author contends that courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have not advanced intelligent debate about drug policies.
Abstract: Judges who have been called upon to answer drug law policy questions arising as issues of statutory interpretation or constitutional challenge have abandoned the method of fact-based, reasoned elaboration that is the essence of thinking like a lawyer or deciding like a judge. In place of careful analysis, judges have attempted to justify drug law decisions with misinformation or inflammatory rhetoric. Case examples are provided to demonstrate the strong, emotional, and irrational attitudes surrounding drug issues. Ethical implications of the judicial abdication of responsibility for critical analysis of government claims about drugs and drug abuse are examined. The need for fresh drug perspectives is emphasized, and an agenda for future research is presented. 128 endnotes
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Courts; Drug abuse; Drug regulation; Drug research; US Supreme Court decisions
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