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Lying, Cheating, and StealingA Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime$
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Stuart P. Green

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199225804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225804.001.0001

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Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of Justice

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The moral ambivalence that the public feels towards white-collar crime is nowhere more apparent than in the case of obstruction of justice. In one high profile obstruction prosecution after another, doubts have been raised as to whether what the defendant did was something that really deserves to be treated as a crime. This chapter presents a thoroughgoing analysis of the moral content of obstruction-type crimes, a comprehensive framework for thinking about such offenses that could be used across the board in a theoretically consistent manner to evaluate both the statutory treatment of whole categories of criminal behavior and the prosecution and punishment of individual cases.

Keywords:   white-collar crime, criminal law, obstruction of justice, obstructive behaviour

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