In this contribution to a symposium celebrating Joshua Dressler, I revisit the Dressler/Delgado debate over Patty Hearst through the prism of personal identity. After reviewing why personal identity presents a problem for punishment, I discuss how a "personal identity" defense would fit within the criminal law, including when it would undermine status responsibility, when it would undermine a voluntary act, and when it would serve as an excuse.
Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law
Ferzan, Kimberly Kessler, "Patty Hearst Reconsidered: Personal Identity in the Criminal Law" (2018). Faculty Scholarship at Penn Carey Law. 2326.
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15 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 367 (2018)