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NCJ Number: 228708 Find in a Library
Title: Using Injuries of Race in Child Abuse and Homicide Trials
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:September 2009  Pages:299-311
Author(s): Liena Gurevich
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how police brutalities toward racial minorities were deployed as a defense strategy in child abuse and homicide trials.
Abstract: Criminal justice professionals find parental homicides and severe physical assaults of their children difficult to prosecute for a variety of technical reasons. Legal difficulties may be compounded by the conversion of the social problem occurring on the societal and institutional level into a strategy of defense. Analysis of discourses of criminal trials of child abuse and child homicide offenders suggests that there is a possibility that social and structural injustices are deployed as resources by the defendants, creating a situation that has potentially compromising effects on the integrity of the criminal justice process. This paper is based on a larger study of courtroom discourses involved in the trials of parents accused of homicide or severe physical abuse of their children. Examined here is one venue of a societal response to parental violence against a child, the criminal trial. Data were collected from qualitative information gathered from courtroom observations, interviews with court personnel, and from the transcripts of trials of defendants; three trials figure prominently, all involving young African-American men as defendants. Notes and references
Main Term(s): Race relations; Trials
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Courtrooms; Defense counsel effectiveness; Defense preparation; Family homicide; Police Brutality; Racial discrimination
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