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Race, Crime, and the Law

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Winner of the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

An original, wise and courageous work that moves beyond sterile arguments and lifts the discussion of race and justice to a new and more hopeful level.--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work that is certain to provoke controversy, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy takes on a highly complex issue in a way that no one has before. Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals, probing allegations that blacks are victimized on a widespread basis by racially discriminatory prosecutions and punishments, but he also engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection. He analyzes the responses of the legal system to accusations that appeals to racial prejudice have rendered trials unfair, and examines the idea that, under certain circumstances, members of one race are statistically more likely to be involved in crime than members of another.


An admirable, courageous, and meticulously fair and honest book.--New York Times Book Review

This book should be a standard for all law students.--Boston Globe

Author: Randall Kennedy
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 03/31/1998
Pages: 560
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.20w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780375701849
Award: Robert F. Kennedy Book Award - Winner

About the Author
Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Massachusetts.