Corporate Manslaughter: an Examination of the Determinants of Prosecutorial Policy

  title={Corporate Manslaughter: an Examination of the Determinants of Prosecutorial Policy},
  author={Gary Slapper},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={423 - 443}
  • G. Slapper
  • Published 1 December 1993
  • Law
  • Social & Legal Studies
Although the offence of corporate manslaughter has arguably been established in English law for over twenty five years, it has been prosecuted only twice and both indictments failed. There is, however, much prima facie evidence to implicate companies in reckless manslaughter. The purpose of this paper is to present an explanation of why companies which appear to commit homicide have been treated with conspicuous indulgence by the state. I begin by examining the evidence that incriminates… 

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