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390 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Regulating the death penalty to death
  • Before constitutional regulation
  • The Supreme Court steps in
  • The invisibility of race in the constitutional revolution
  • Between the Supreme Court and the states
  • The failures of regulation
  • An unsustainable system?
  • Recurring patterns in constitutional regulation
  • The future of the American death penalty
  • Life after death.
Unique among Western democracies in refusing to eradicate the death penalty, the United States has attempted instead to reform and rationalize state death penalty practices through federal constitutional law. Courting Death traces the unusual and distinctive history of top-down judicial regulation of capital punishment under the Constitution and its unanticipated consequences for our time.In the 1960s and 1970s, in the face of widespread abolition of the death penalty around the world, provisions for capital punishment that had long fallen under the purview of the states were challenged in federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court intervened in two landmark decisions, first by constitutionally invalidating the death penalty in Furman v. Georgia (1972) on the grounds that it was capricious and discriminatory, followed four years later by restoring it in Gregg v. Georgia (1976). Since then, by neither retaining capital punishment in unfettered form nor abolishing it outright, the Supreme Court has created a complex regulatory apparatus that has brought executions in many states to a halt, while also failing to address the problems that led the Court to intervene in the first place.While execution chambers remain active in several states, constitutional regulation has contributed to the death penalty's new fragility. In the next decade or two, Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker argue, the fate of the American death penalty is likely to be sealed by this failed judicial experiment. Courting Death illuminates both the promise and pitfalls of constitutional regulation of contentious social issues.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674737426 20170703
Law Library (Crown)
314 pages ; 24 cm
  • CHAPTER 1: Forget Me Nots CHAPTER 2: The Game CHAPTER 3: Inside Lorton Prison CHAPTER 4: The Privileged Are the Damned CHAPTER 5: Killing Him Softly: Witness at an Execution CHAPTER 6: Life is Worse Than Death?: Documenting the Big Lie CHAPTER 7: Illinois-Almost a Witness for the People CHAPTER 8: Home Sweet Home on the Row CHAPTER 9: Daryl CHAPTER 10: Death Approaching CHAPTER 11: For Whom Those Candles Burn CHAPTER 12: Dr. William Petit CHAPTER 13: The Hershey Bar CHAPTER 14: A Death Qualified Jury? CHAPTER 15: Free Will: Voices from the Inside CHAPTER 16: Regret, Remorse, Transformation POSTSCRIPT: Germany.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137278562 20160612
For twelve years, criminal law professor and leading retributivist Robert Blecker wandered freely inside Lorton Central Prison, armed only with cigarettes, a tape recorder, and the prisoners' trust, probing the lives and crimes of street criminals. After decades of visiting death rows and prisons around the country, speaking with both guards and convicted killers, he began to better understand who did and did not deserve to die. While liberal activists decry the death penalty as unnecessarily expensive and too prone to human error, Blecker found a shocking alternative reality: in today's prisons, perversely, the worst criminals often live the best lives. Inside prison, it's nobody's job to punish. The Death of Punishment argues, on both moral and practical grounds, that we fail to punish criminals at our peril. Blecker offers a much-needed blueprint for making the punishment more closely fit the crime, and shows why European-style prisons, such as in Norway, where mass killers like Anders Breivik have professional playmates, do not supply the answer. Today, as Colorado prosecutors seek the death penalty for Aurora shooter James Holmes and we await the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the death penalty is once again a national conversation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137278562 20160612
Law Library (Crown)
xxviii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: Framing the death penalty debate
  • The abuse of science. Cameron Todd Willingham ; Derek Rocco Barnabei ; David Wayne Spence ; Joseph Roger O'Dell ; Claude Jones
  • Dubious eye witnesses. Jesse Tafero ; Ruben Cantu ; James Adams ; James Beathard ; Timothy Baldwin
  • Government misconduct. Larry Griffin ; Carlos DeLuna ; Girvies Davis
  • Ineffective counsel. Johnny Frank Garrett ; William Jasper Darden ; Gary Graham
  • Victims of political pressure. Leonel Herrera ; Roy Michael Roberts
  • Death penalty angels. Sister Helen Prejean ; Renny Cushing
  • Death penalty warriors. Shujaa Graham ; Martina Correia
  • Death penalty reformers. Dan Duffy ; Paul E. Pfeifer
  • Conclusion: Where do we go from here?
On September 21, 2011, the controversial execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis, who spent twenty years on death row for a crime he most likely did not commit, revealed the complexity of death penalty trials, the flaws in America's justice system, and the rift between those who are for or against the death penalty. Davis's execution reignited a long-standing debate about whether the death penalty is an appropriate form of justice. In "Grave Injustice" Richard A. Stack seeks to advance the anti-death penalty argument by examining the cases of individuals who, like Davis, have been executed but are likely innocent. By telling the stories of Jesse Tafero, Ruben Cantu, Carlos DeLuna, Cameron Todd Willingham, Larry Griffin, and others, Stack puts a human face on the ultimate and irrevocable tragedy of capital punishment. Although polls indicate Americans favor death sentences approximately three to one, many respondents change their position when presented with the facts about capital punishment. Stack's compelling descriptions of nineteen wrongful executions illustrate the flaws of the death penalty, which, he argues, is ineffective in deterring crime and costs more than sentences of life without parole. He demonstrates that racial disparities in implementation, procedural errors, incompetent defense attorneys, and mistaken eyewitness identification lead to an alarming number of wrongful convictions. But influencing public opinion is only part of the battle to end state-sanctioned killing. Stack profiles six anti-death penalty warriors, demonstrating the range of what can be done, and what remains to be done, to move toward a more compassionate society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781612341620 20160612
Law Library (Crown)
xvii, 164 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
  • Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Disappearance of Death? Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Case Against the Case Against the Death Penalty Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Case Against the Case for the Death Penalty Chapter 5 Chapter 4: A Special Penalty for Special Cases Chapter 6 Acknowledgments Chapter 7 Endnotes Chapter 8 Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442203785 20160605
The United States stands alone as the only Western democracy that still practices capital punishment. Yet the American death penalty has gone into noticeable decline, with annual death sentences and executions dwindling steadily in recent years. In Stay of Execution, Charles Lane offers a fresh analysis of this unexpected trend and its moral and political implications. Countering conventional wisdom that attributes the death penalty's decline to public rejection of the "ultimate sanction, " he shows that it is instead related to the ebbing of violent crime itself. The death penalty is not only more popular than critics claim; it is also less flawed by wrongful executions or racial bias. Lane argues that capital punishment should be preserved, while proposing major reforms to address its real inequities and inconsistencies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442203785 20160605
Law Library (Crown)
164 p. ; 20 cm.
Law Library (Crown)