Political crime is rarely examined when studying the dynamics of crime, justice, and law. Yet understanding political offenses or illegalities is fundamental to comprehending the workings of a criminal justice system that selectively defines, enforces, and adjudicates who is defined as criminal. As a variety of scholars, jurists, policy makers, legislators, and activists have argued, the law and, by extension, crime qualify as political acts. Hence, interpreting law, crime, and criminals requires a political focus. Various criminal acts are explicitly political. For example, ...

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