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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Euthanasia and assisted suicide

Derived from the Greek eu (good) and thanatos (death), euthanasia is the practice of painlessly causing the death of those who suffer from painful or incurable diseases or disorders. It is sometimes referred to as mercy killing In euthanasia, someone else causes the death of the suffering individual. In the closely related practice of assisted suicide, however, the suffering individual takes his or her own life, aided by one or more assistants. Although anyone can assist with suicide, physicians are often asked to do so because of their medical expertise and access to controlled medications. Physician-assisted suicide, however, is highly controversial, as it highlights the fundamental tension between the physician's goal of relieving misery and the doctor's traditional ...

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