Why Does The Law Depend On Luck?

Jun 10, 2015

In episode 5 of the State of the State podcast, we look at moral luck. In the context of the law, moral luck is the notion that chance outcomes can play a significant role in how one is treated — think of the different punishments for attempted murder versus actual murder.

Harvard psychologist Fiery Cushman joins us to talk about his research into this area. And we'll hear about a real-world example in which questions about moral luck could be changing the law in Illinois.

This episode of the State of the State podcast originated as my column in the May 2015 edition of Illinois Issues magazine.

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