Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process

Author: Randall Coyne,Lyn Entzeroth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 1010

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Capital Punishment and the Judicial Process provides comprehensive coverage of a number of issues, including the philosophical debate over the death penalty, constitutional challenges to the death penalty, the modern death penalty scheme, jury selection, capital sentencing, ineffective assistance of counsel, state appeals and post-conviction, federal habeas corpus, federal death penalty, and international law. The materials are kept up to date through annual supplements and letter updates.
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Capital Punishment in America

A Balanced Examination

Author: Evan J. Mandery

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 1449605982

Category: Law

Page: 575

View: 6276

This revised and updated second edition is an overview of capital punishment. It offers an examination of the death penalty, supported by statistics and Supreme Court cases, and followed by pro and con discussions. The book addresses every major issue relating to the death penalty including deterrence, racial impact, arbitrariness, its use on special populations, and methods of execution. This text challenges students to evaluate their beliefs and assumptions on each of the various issues surrounding this controversial subject. Each chapter begins with a primer of the issue to be discussed, followed by the data and critical documents necessary to make an educated assessment, and concludes with essays that offer differing viewpoints by some of the best minds in the country. New material added to the second edition includes: updated data on deterrence ; new data and articles on brutalization and cost ; new cases and articles on the death penalty for juveniles ; new case and articles on the death penalty for raping a child ; and a new chapter on methods of execution.
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Judicial review of the death penalty

Author: David Pannick

Publisher: Duckbacks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 245

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Good,No Highlights,No Markup,all pages are intact, Slight Shelfwear,may have the corners slightly dented, may have slight color changes/slightly damaged spine.
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The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment

Author: Franklin E. Zimring

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198034797

Category: Law

Page: 272

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Why does the United States continue to employ the death penalty when fifty other developed democracies have abolished it? Why does capital punishment become more problematic each year? How can the death penalty conflict be resolved? In The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment, Frank Zimring reveals that the seemingly insoluble turmoil surrounding the death penalty reflects a deep and long-standing division in American values, a division that he predicts will soon bring about the end of capital punishment in our country. On the one hand, execution would seem to violate our nation's highest legal principles of fairness and due process. It sets us increasingly apart from our allies and indeed is regarded by European nations as a barbaric and particularly egregious form of American exceptionalism. On the other hand, the death penalty represents a deeply held American belief in violent social justice that sees the hangman as an agent of local control and safeguard of community values. Zimring uncovers the most troubling symptom of this attraction to vigilante justice in the lynch mob. He shows that the great majority of executions in recent decades have occurred in precisely those Southern states where lynchings were most common a hundred years ago. It is this legacy, Zimring suggests, that constitutes both the distinctive appeal of the death penalty in the United States and one of the most compelling reasons for abolishing it. Impeccably researched and engagingly written, Contradictions in American Capital Punishment casts a clear new light on America's long and troubled embrace of the death penalty.
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Eligible for Execution

The Story of the Daryl Atkins Case

Author: Thomas G. Walker

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1483304531

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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This riveting and enlightening narrative unfolds on the night of August 16, 1996, with the brutal and senseless murder of Eric Nesbitt, a young man stationed at Langley Air Force Base, at the hands of 18-year-old Daryl Atkins. Over the course of more than a decade, Atkins’s case has bounced between the lowest and the highest levels of the judicial system. Found guilty and then sentenced to death in 1998 for Nesbitt’s murder, the Atkins case was then taken up in 2002 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue before the justices: given Daryl Atkins’s mental retardation, would his execution constitute cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment? A 6–3 vote said yes. Daryl Atkins’s situation was far from being resolved though. Prosecutors claimed that Atkins failed to meet the statutory definition of mental retardation and reinstituted procedures to carry out his death sentence. Back in circuit court, the jury returned its verdict: Daryl Atkins was not retarded. Atkins’s attorneys promptly filed a notice of appeal, and the case continues today. Drawing on interviews with key participants; direct observation of the hearings; and close examination of court documents, transcripts, and press accounts, Thomas G. Walker provides readers with a rare view of the entire judicial process. Never losing sight of the stakes in a death penalty case, he explains each step in Atkins’s legal journey from the interactions of local law enforcement, to the decision-making process of the state prosecutor, to the Supreme Court’s ruling, and beyond. Walker sheds light on how legal institutions and procedures work in real life—and how they are all interrelated—to help students better understand constitutional issues, the courts, and the criminal justice system. Throughout, Walker also addresses how disability, race, and other key demographic and social issues affect the case and society’s views on the death penalty.
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Law, Politics and the Judicial Process in Canada

Author: Frederick Lee Morton

Publisher: University of Calgary Press

ISBN: 1552380467

Category: Law

Page: 660

View: 7602

Since the first edition of this popular textbook appeared in 1984, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has transformed the role of the courts in Canadian politics. The book introduces students to issues raised by the new political role of Canadian judges. The revised and updated third edition features new introductions and new readings that deal with current issues in the realm of Canadian law and politics.
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Most Deserving of Death?

An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Death Penalty Jurisprudence

Author: Kenneth A. Williams

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754678854

Category: Law

Page: 216

View: 8266

This book demonstrates that it is the inconsistent and often incoherent jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court which accounts for a system so lacking in public confidence. Kenneth Williams examines issues of jury selection, ineffective assistance of counsel, and the role of race and claims of innocence which affect the Court's decisions. It provides a unique understanding of the dynamics of an alarmingly problematic system and will be valuable to those interested in human rights and criminal justice.
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Most Deserving of Death?

An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Death Penalty Jurisprudence

Author: Professor Kenneth Williams

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409497933

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

View: 1001

The role of capital punishment in America has been criticised by those for and against the death penalty, by the judiciary, academics, the media and by prison personnel. This book demonstrates that it is the inconsistent and often incoherent jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court which accounts for a system so lacking in public confidence. Using case studies, Kenneth Williams examines issues such as jury selection, ineffective assistance of counsel, the role of race and claims of innocence which affect the Court's decisions and how these decisions are played out in the lower courts, often an inmate's last recourse before execution. Discussing international treaties and their lack of impact on capital punishment in America, this book has international appeal and makes an important contribution to legal scholarship. It also provides a unique understanding of the dynamics of an alarmingly problematic system and will be valuable to those interested in human rights and criminal justice.
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Justice Stanley Mosk

A Life at the Center of California Politics and Justice

Author: Jacqueline R. Braitman,Gerald F. Uelmen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786468416

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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"This is the first biography of Stanley Mosk (1912-2001). It recounts Mosk's previously unexplored pre-Court years where he quickly rose as a leader among Los Angeles reformers, becoming the executive secretary of California governor Culbert Olson and then gaining wide popularity during his 16 years as a superior court judge"--Provided by publisher.
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The Death Penalty

A Debate

Author: Ernest Van den Haag,John Phillips Conrad

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1489927875

Category: Social Science

Page: 305

View: 4443

From 1965 until 1980, there was a virtual moratorium on executions for capital offenses in the United States. This was due primarily to protracted legal proceedings challenging the death penalty on constitutional grounds. After much Sturm und Drang, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a divided vote, finally decided that "the death penalty does not invariably violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment." The Court's decisions, however, do not moot the controversy about the death penalty or render this excellent book irrelevant. The ball is now in the court of the Legislature and the Executive. Leg islatures, federal and state, can impose or abolish the death penalty, within the guidelines prescribed by the Supreme Court. A Chief Executive can commute a death sentence. And even the Supreme Court can change its mind, as it has done on many occasions and did, with respect to various aspects of the death penalty itself, durlog the moratorium period. Also, the people can change their minds. Some time ago, a majority, according to reliable polls, favored abolition. Today, a substantial majority favors imposition of the death penalty. The pendulum can swing again, as it has done in the past.
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