University of Baltimore School of Law – 25th Annual UB Public Interest Auction & Gala
Auction Ends: Feb 21, 2019 11:59 PM EST


The Baron & the Marquis

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Estimated Value
$65 USD
$55 USD to Live Event Bidder

Live Event Item

This is a Live Event Only item.

Item Description

The Baron and the Marquis explores the history of the maxim that articulates what is now known as the parsimony principle. That maxim shaped the American and French Revolutions, and it set the dividing line between tyranny and liberty. Jefferson believed only absolute necessity justified punishment, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) similarly allowed only strictly and obviously necessary punishments. In The Baron and the Marquis, award-winning author John Bessler shows the maxim s modern-day implications for capital punishment, prolonged solitary confinement, and mass incarceration, arguing that unnecessary punishments are excessive and cruel and unusual.


This is a live event, silent auction item.


Item Special Note

All items must be claimed and paid for by winner by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. If winner is unable to pay for the item by that deadline, the item will be awarded to the next highest bidder.

Physical items like this one must be picked up from the law school by Monday, May 6, 2019 or mailed at the expense of the winner. Items not picked up are automatically donated to next year's auction.