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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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Guilty until Proven Innocent

Guilty until Proven Innocent

(p.231) 25 Guilty until Proven Innocent
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the expansion of criminal law and the growing percentage of convictions. One of the more notable characteristics of the judiciary is the growing number of judicial appointments coming from the state prosecution. This prosecutorial proclivity of the Supreme Court spread to the lower courts, skewing the judiciary as a whole toward a more stringent application of criminal law. The chapter presents a statistical breakdown reflecting the resulting conviction rates and the nature of these convictions in more detail. In addition, the chapter also looks at the court’s penchant for using the hazy and unbounded charge of breach of trust, which had become the flagship of the prosecution and the courts in their battle against public figures.

Keywords:   criminal law, state prosecution, public figures, convictions, breach of trust, human rights, vague criminal offenses

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