Elders on Trial: Age and Ageism in the American Legal System Howard Eglit

ISBN: 9780813027654

Published: December 31st 2004

Hardcover

336 pages


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Elders on Trial: Age and Ageism  in the American Legal System  by  Howard Eglit

Elders on Trial: Age and Ageism in the American Legal System by Howard Eglit
December 31st 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 336 pages | ISBN: 9780813027654 | 9.30 Mb

For baby boomers, senior citizens, gerontologists, and students of aging and the justice system, Howard Eglits trenchant discussion of the intersection of aging Americans with the U.S. legal system illuminates the consequences of a pervasive bias inMoreFor baby boomers, senior citizens, gerontologists, and students of aging and the justice system, Howard Eglits trenchant discussion of the intersection of aging Americans with the U.S.

legal system illuminates the consequences of a pervasive bias in contemporary society.Americas ballooning older population is well documented. Couple this demographic tidal wave with the legal system, Eglit says, and the inescapable conclusion follows that the matrix of laws, regulations, judicial rulings, and governmental policy issues will affect more and more older people. Were age an innocuous factor in society, this proposition would merit little note.

But, he says, The fact is that age matters. And often negatively so.It matters in the ways that young jurors assess the credibility of older litigants and witnesses. It matters for fashioning the attitudes that older jurors bring into the jury room. It matters for attorneys who deal with older clients and for judges, lawyers, and jurors who must respond to older lawyers. Embedded in American culture, age bias generally works to the detriment of older men and women, and this is dramatically true for individuals caught up in the legal system.Elders on Trial examines the role that age plays in the legal process- more than that, it offers solutions and guides for mitigating the myriad negative aspects of that role.

With its concern for human interactions and responses, rather than matters of infrastructure or formal legislative enterprise, the book offers a timely consideration of an urgent challenge faced by American society.



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