Monday, May 03, 2010

Trial by battle is an article by an economist looking at how combat was used to settle land disputes in england for 100 years after the norman conquest.
http://www.peterleeson.com/Trial_by_Battle.pdf I skipped the math parts, but the history goes well with a book i've been trying to read, the constitutional history of england.
I liked the same author's earlier article on the economics of trial by ordeal.
Overall: the justice system has never worked especially well; it only needs to work better than nothing. The details have changed, but the arbitrary-ness continues.

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