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By Robin Conley

Confronting the demise Penalty: How Language affects Jurors in Capital Cases probes how jurors make the final word selection approximately no matter if one other person may still dwell or die. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative linguistic tools, this booklet explores the potential wherein language is helping to make dying penalty judgements attainable - how particular linguistic offerings mediate and limit jurors', attorneys', and judges' activities and studies whereas serving and reflecting on capital trials.

The research attracts on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in assorted counties throughout Texas, together with player remark in 4 capital trials and post-verdict interviews with the jurors who determined these circumstances. Given the impossibility of entry to real capital jury deliberations, this integration of equipment goals to supply the clearest attainable window into jurors' decision-making. utilizing tools from linguistic anthropology, dialog research, and multi-modal discourse research, Conley analyzes interviews, trial speak, and written criminal language to bare a number of communicative practices in which jurors dehumanize defendants and hence pass judgement on them to be deserving of death.

By concentrating on how language can either facilitate and stymie empathic encounters, the e-book addresses a clash inherent to demise penalty trials: jurors actually face defendants in the course of trial after which needs to distort, scale back, or negate those face-to-face interactions in an effort to sentence those self same defendants to loss of life. The e-book finds that jurors cite felony ideologies of rational, dispassionate decision-making - conveyed within the type of authoritative criminal language - while negotiating those ethical conflicts. by way of investigating the interface among experiential and linguistic points of felony decision-making, the ebook breaks new floor in reviews of legislation and language, language and psychology, and the dying penalty.

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