Judicial Authority and Popular Justice: Crimes of Passion in Fin-de-Siecle Paris

  title={Judicial Authority and Popular Justice: Crimes of Passion in Fin-de-Siecle Paris},
  author={Eliza Earle Ferguson},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={293 - 315}
  • E. Ferguson
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Law, History
  • Journal of Social History
In fin-de-siècle France, jurists became alarmed by the high rate of acquittals in cases of "crimes of passion" tried by jury in the assize courts. The acquittal of so many defendants who readily admitted their crimes seemed to prove that the citizen jurors of the Third Republic were not competent to render justice. Through an investigation of French judicial procedures, together with evidence from 251 cases of intimate violence tried in the assize court of the Seine, this article contends that… 
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