Judging Obscenity

Judging Obscenity

A Critical History of Expert Evidence

eBook - 2003
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In Judging Obscenity Christopher Nowlin examines expert evidence in North American obscenity trials and reveals how little consensus there is among those who purport to know best about the nature of artistic representation, human sexuality, and the psychological and behavioral effects of reading, writing, or watching explicit sexual narratives and imagery.
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2003
ISBN: 9780773570900
077357090X
9781282861015
1282861018
9780773525184
9780773525382
0773525181
0773525386
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 285 pages)
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May 29, 2013

The author has adapted his doctoral thesis into this book. The author reviews "expert testimony" in a number of landmark cases in both the US and Canada over the last 100 years. The author shows how many judges accept as fact the conclusions of social scientists in their judgments which set precedent for all society. This is done specifically in obscenity trials in this setting however it is easy to extrapolate that this is being done on a consistent basis in jurisprudence. The author points to decisions where the expert testimony was no better or informed then the laypersons testimony but is given more weight by the judges in their rulings. This is a great book for any interested person and makes a great observation of a disturbing trend in law to "elitism" over democracy,something that is not heard in any public discourse.

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