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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

Imagined Pasts: Sexualized Violence and the Revision of Truth
Imagined pasts: Sexualized violence and the revision of truth
KimLaneScheppele

How do we know the past? We have tangible remains—photographs, bits of paper, torn clothes, the gun—but just think of all that is left out of those traces. And who gets to say what they mean? We also have records written at the time, but how do we know how accurate they are—or what someone writing the account could not or would not understand? We have our memories, but others’ memories of the same event are often different. Mostly, we have our stories that we tell and retell, and the successive retellings reconfirm for us the truth of the story.

So, how do judges and juries know when they ...

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