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December 2016 , Page 55 

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Getting Scholarship Into Court Project

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Editor’s Note: The “Getting Scholarship Into Court Project” brings helpful law review articles and other writings to the attention of criminal defense attorneys. The project’s purpose is to identify scholarship that will be especially useful to courts and practitioners. Summarized on this page are articles the project’s advisory board recommends that practicing lawyers take the time to read. 

Michael L. Perlin
‘Infinity Goes Up on Trial’: Sanism, Pretextuality, and the Representation of Defendants with Mental Disabilities
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2734762
16 QUT L. Rev. 106 (2016)

This article explains why it is essential for lawyers representing criminal defendants with mental disabilities to understand the meanings and contexts of sanism and pretextuality and to show how these two factors infect all aspects of the criminal process. Sanism is a largely invisible and largely socially acceptable irrational prejudice of the same quality and character of

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