Private Prosecution in America: A Book Talk with Prof. John Bessler


Prof. John Bessler‘s new book, Private Prosecution in America: Its Origins, History, and Unconstitutionality in the Twenty-First Century, will be discussed by a Zoom panel on Thursday, Mar. 31 from 5 to 6 p.m.

This book is the first comprehensive examination of a practice that dates back to the colonial era. Tracking its origins to medieval times and English common law, the book shows how “private prosecutors” were once a mainstay of early American criminal procedure. Private prosecutors—acting on their own behalf, as next of kin, or though retained counsel—initiated prosecutions, presented evidence in court, and sought the punishment of offenders.

Discussing the book will be UBalt Law Prof. David Jaros, faculty director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform; UBalt Law Associate Dean Michele Gilman, UBaltLaw Associate Dean Colin Starger, and special guest Roger A. Fairfax Jr., dean of the American University Washington College of Law.

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