The 18 year long struggle for justice has gripped our nation. Let's take a look back in time to re-examine the Stephen Lawrence case and its political and social implications.
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If you want to investigate issues in crime and justice further, the following links to free learning units and articles in this field would be a good starting point.
The murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 has addressed the issue of how society interprets the crime problem. But what is crime? This unit examines how we as a ‘society’ define crime. You will look at the fear that is generated within communities and what evidence is available to support claims that are made about crime rates.
Can we really expect jurors to fully understand the intricate and complex workings of the legal system? Should we really burden members of the public with the responsibility of resolving our criminal and civil disputes - or would we be better having a panel of experts? And what about expert witnesses? After so many recent miscarriages of justice, how much weight should be given to the testimony of such witnesses? Gary Slapper, Professor of Law at The Open University, and Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of the Times, discuss whether jurors and expert witnesses are suited to roles they undertake.
The urgency for philosophers to abandon their castles in the air is caught in Amartya Sen's The Idea Of Justice, says Charles Barclay Roger.