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Published: 10 December 2015

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780199334162

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Confronting the Death Penalty

How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases

Robin Conley

Oxford Studies in Language and Law

  • Examines actual jurors' experiences serving on death penalty trials
  • Considers together the specific communicative strategies used in trials with those used by jurors when reflecting on their decisions
  • Introduces a unique fusion of these compelling topics, using death penalty trials as an ethnographic case to illustrate the violent potential of legal language
  • Provides an ethnographic approach to Texas death penalty trials

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