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American Justice: Vigilante Justice [DVD]

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American Justice: Vigilante Justice
Grassroots violence and vigilante justice have a prominent place in the history of American justice. The Wild West, Wanted Dead or Alive posters, and angry mobs reflect the deep distrust by many that judicial systems will see that justice is done. This program examines the circumstances and forces that have caused some citizens to take the law into their own hands. Some famous examples of vigilante justice are recounted, from lynchings to acts of self-defense. Do the ends sometimes justify the means? Authors and lawyers weigh in on the subject, with examples of outrageous fortune that pushed ordinary citizens over the edge into vigilante justice -- and how the mob was sometimes wrong in its assessment of guilt. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

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