Title

Where the Law Lies : Constitutional Fictions and Their Discontents

Document Type

Chapter

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

Law and Lies : Deception and Truth-telling in the American Legal System

Abstract

Law and Lies is the first book to thematically address the role of lying in the American legal system. Undercover police agents are permitted to lie in the name of catching criminals, and government officials are permitted to lie in service of national security. In the case of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, lying was not only permitted, but actively encouraged. A range of illuminating case studies reveal that the government's tolerance of deception is rarely as simple as the “whole truth.”

ISBN

9781107108783

Publisher Information

Cambridge University Press

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