Emotional Trials: The Moral Dilemmas of Women Criminal Defense Attorneys Cynthia Siemsen

ISBN: 9781555536145

Published: March 11th 2004

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229 pages


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Emotional Trials: The Moral Dilemmas of Women Criminal Defense Attorneys  by  Cynthia Siemsen

Emotional Trials: The Moral Dilemmas of Women Criminal Defense Attorneys by Cynthia Siemsen
March 11th 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 229 pages | ISBN: 9781555536145 | 8.55 Mb

Women criminal defense attorneys routinely handle cases that would grossly offend the sensibilities of the ordinary woman or man. Often asked to use their gender as a strategy to strengthen the defense, they struggle with myriad moral and ideologicalMoreWomen criminal defense attorneys routinely handle cases that would grossly offend the sensibilities of the ordinary woman or man. Often asked to use their gender as a strategy to strengthen the defense, they struggle with myriad moral and ideological conflicts inherent in representing men accused of such violent crimes against women as rape, domestic abuse, and child molestation.

This groundbreaking work explores how women attorneys manage those conflicts, how they use ideologies in defense of their work, and how they cope with the emotional stress of their professional lives. Drawing on extensive interviews and ethnographic research, Cynthia Siemsen presents thirteen provocative case studies to illustrate the unique interplay between ideology and emotion in women whose public defense work often puts them in the position of betraying their gender.

Skillfully blending together the words of criminal attorneys themselves with a solid theoretical framework, she explores the ways in which womens perspectives about their identities, roles, and emotions evolve through three distinct stages: early, mid-career, and seasoned attorney. Siemsen argues convincingly that the stresses of publi



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