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Rechtsanwälte und politische Prozesse in der späten DDR: eine quantitative Auswertung von MfS-ermittelten Prozessen 1984

Lawyers and political trials in the late GDR: a quantitative analysis of cases investigated by the Stasi (MfS - Ministry of State Security) in 1984
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Booß, Christian

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Abstract "By applying statistics to the records about political trials in 1984 found in the archives of the Stasi the author tries to find out how those trials where manipulated and with what strategies the lawyers defended their clients. The basis for this analysis were about 700 cases, in which the Ministry of State Security or its Berlin branch were pre-investigating for the prosecution as an 'investigating body' according to the code of criminal procedure. Through statistical analysis factors were determined that influenced the process of trial and sentencing. Of particular interest was the question of whether parties to the proceedings were controlled directly or indirectly by the state power. The main focus of the research was directed at the lawyers: How much leeway did they have and how much use did they make of it? Did those lawyers who were unofficial collaborators (IM) of the Stasi behave differently? Did a prospective release from citizenship of East Germany, i.e. the promise to leave the GDR after sentencing influence the course of a trial?" (author's abstract)
Keywords German Democratic Republic (GDR); GDR research; lawyer; political lawsuit; Ministry of State Security (GDR); political history; secret service; judiciary; research status; political justice; court; court decision; criminal proceedings; influence; imprisonment; Berlin; delict; historical analysis; comparative research; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Judiciary; Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Document language German
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 211-253
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 2
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works