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Texting, Suicide, and the Law

The case against punishing Michelle Carter

Mark Tunick



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06 August 2020
Freedom of information & freedom of speech; Criminology: legal aspects; Criminal justice law; Ethical & social aspects of computing
In 2014, Conrad Roy committed suicide following encouragement from his long-distance girlfriend, Michelle Carter, in what has become known as the Texting Suicide case. The case has attracted much attention, largely focusing on the First Amendment free speech issue. This book takes the view that the issue is intertwined with several others, some of which have received less attention but help explain why the case is so captivating and important, issues concerning privacy, accountability, coercion, punishment, and assisted suicide. The focus here is on how all of these issues are interconnected. By breaking the issue down into its complex layers, the work aids reasoned judgment, ensuring we aren't guided solely by our gut reactions. The book is laid out as a case against punishing Ms. Carter, but it is less important that we agree with that conclusion than that we reach our conclusions not just through our instincts and intuitions but by thinking about these fundamental issues. The work will be of interest to scholars in law, political theory, and philosophy as an example of how theoretical issues apply to particular controversies. It will also appeal to readers interested in freedom of speech and the First Amendment, criminal justice and theories of punishment, suicide laws, and privacy.
By:   Mark Tunick
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367546427
ISBN 10:   0367546426
Pages:   116
Publication Date:   06 August 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction; 2. Privacy; 3. Causation and Coercion; 4. Punishment; 5. Suicide Laws; 6. Conclusion;

Mark Tunick is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, USA, where he teaches political theory and constitutional law.

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