Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency

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Author: Austin Sarat,Nasser Hussain

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804753333

Category: Law

Page: 238

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Arguments for forgiveness, mercy, and clemency abound. These arguments flourish in organized religion, fiction, philosophy, and law as well as in everyday conversations of daily life among parents and children, teachers and students, and criminals and those who judge them. As common as these arguments are, we are often left with an incomplete understanding of what we mean when we speak about them. This volume examines the registers of individual psychology, religious belief, social practice, and political power circulating in and around those who forgive, grant mercy, or pose clemency power. The authors suggest that, in many ways, necessary examinations of the questions of forgiveness and pardon and the connection between mercy and justice are only just beginning.

The Justice of Mercy

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Author: Linda Meyer

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472117459

Category: Law

Page: 254

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"Far from being a utopian, soft and ineffectual concept, Meyer shows that mercy already operates within the law in ways that we usually do not recognize.. . . Meyer's piercing insights and careful analysis bring the reader to think of law, justice, and mercy itself in a new and far more profound light." ---James Martel, San Francisco State University How can granting mercy be just if it gives a criminal less punishment than he "deserves" and treats his case differently from others like it? This ancient question has become central to debates over truth and reconciliation commissions, alternative dispute resolution, and other new forms of restorative justice. The traditional response has been to marginalize mercy and to cast doubt on its ability to coexist with forms of legal justice. Flipping the relationship between justice and mercy, Linda Meyer argues that our rule-bound and harsh system of punishment is deeply flawed and that mercy should be, not the crazy woman in the attic of the law, but the lady of the house. The book articulates a theory of punishment with mercy and illustrates the implications of that theory with legal examples drawn from criminal law doctrine, pardons, mercy in military justice, and fictional narratives of punishment and mercy. Linda Ross Meyer, Ph.D., J.D., is Carmen Tortora Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities.

Rich in Mercy

Linda Schubert's personal testimony

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Author: Linda Schubert

Publisher: Linda Schubert

ISBN: 0963264338

Category: Religion

Page: 27

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Aggravation, Mitigation and Mercy in English Criminal Justice

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Author: Nigel Walker

Publisher: Blackstone Press

ISBN: 9781854319432

Category: Aggravating circumstances

Page: 270

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Offering a comment on the justification for sentences, this work refutes jurisprudential attacks on the propriety of mercy, and discusses the shortcomings of the Court of Appeal's approaches to consistency and other principles of sentencing. The appendices list "guideline cases" anddefinitions of "seriousness" for the purpose of different statutes.

Mercy on Trial

What It Means to Stop an Execution

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Author: Austin Sarat

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400826721

Category: Law

Page: 352

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On January 11, 2003, Illinois Governor George Ryan--a Republican on record as saying that "some crimes are so horrendous . . . that society has a right to demand the ultimate penalty"--commuted the capital sentences of all 167 prisoners on his state's death row. Critics demonized Ryan. For opponents of capital punishment, however, Ryan became an instant hero whose decision was seen as a signal moment in the "new abolitionist" politics to end killing by the state. In this compelling and timely work, Austin Sarat provides the first book-length work on executive clemency. He turns our focus from questions of guilt and innocence to the very meaning of mercy. Starting from Ryan's controversial decision, Mercy on Trial uses the lens of executive clemency in capital cases to discuss the fraught condition of mercy in American political life. Most pointedly, Sarat argues that mercy itself is on trial. Although it has always had a problematic position as a form of "lawful lawlessness," it has come under much more intense popular pressure and criticism in recent decades. This has yielded a radical decline in the use of the power of chief executives to stop executions. From the history of capital clemency in the twentieth century to surrounding legal controversies and philosophical debates about when (if ever) mercy should be extended, Sarat examines the issue comprehensively. In the end, he acknowledges the risks associated with mercy--but, he argues, those risks are worth taking.

The Mercy Papers

A Memoir of Three Weeks

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Author: Robin Romm

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416567992

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, with great passion, the awe, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

On Mercy

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Author: Malcolm Bull

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691185735

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Is mercy more important than justice? Since antiquity, mercy has been regarded as a virtue. The power of monarchs was legitimated by their acts of clemency, their mercy demonstrating their divine nature. Yet by the end of the eighteenth century, mercy had become “an injustice committed against society . . . a manifest vice.” Mercy was exiled from political life. How did this happen? In this book, Malcolm Bull analyses and challenges the Enlightenment’s rejection of mercy. A society operating on principles of rational self-interest had no place for something so arbitrary and contingent, and having been excluded from Hobbes’s theory of the state and Hume’s theory of justice, mercy disappeared from the lexicon of political theory. But, Bull argues, these idealised conceptions have proved too limiting. Political realism demands recognition of the foundational role of mercy in society. If we are vulnerable to harm from others, we are in need of their mercy. By restoring the primacy of mercy over justice, we may constrain the powerful and release the agency of the powerless. And if arguments for capitalism are arguments against mercy, might the case for mercy challenge the very basis of our thinking about society and the state? An important contribution to contemporary political philosophy from an inventive thinker, On Mercy makes a persuasive case for returning this neglected virtue to the heart of political thought.

Angel of Mercy

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Author: Lurlene McDaniel

Publisher: Laurel Leaf

ISBN: 9780307433114

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 224

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Heather Barlow has always been idealistic, and now she's finally ready to make a difference by setting sail to Uganda for a medical mission trip. Upon arrival, however, Heather realizes that she is unprepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters everywhere. The overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages seem overwhelming until she meets Ian McCollum, who is also working with the medical staff. Ian is the only one who can see beyond the horror and help Heather change the world by helping one person at a time - even at great cost to one's own self. Bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel expertly crafts a heart-wrenching story of love and sacrifice in this prequel to Angel of Hope.

Gwynedd-Mercy College

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738544885

Category: History

Page: 128

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The story of Gwynedd-Mercy College (GMC) begins in 1831 with the founding of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, by Catherine McAuley. The order came to Philadelphia in 1861 and to Gwynedd Valley in 1947 with a vision of establishing a junior college. In 1963, GMC became a four-year institution. Gwynedd-Mercy College captures the continuing traditions and values of the Sisters of Mercy, the history of the campus property and surrounding community, and the junior college years, while documenting the continuing growth of the college. Today GMC is a coeducational, fully accredited master's level institution offering certificate programs and associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees in business, arts and science, education, nursing, and allied health professions.