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The death penalty : debating the moral, legal, and political issues

Author: Robert M Baird; Stuart E Rosenbaum
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.
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"Does capital punishment act as a deterrent to the commission of certain crimes? Is state-sponsored execution of criminals abhorrent to the standards of civilized society? Should the death penalty be outlawed as a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment? Should it be outlawed because of the possibility that an innocent person may be executed? Questions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Cases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Baird; Stuart E Rosenbaum
ISBN: 9781591027607 1591027608
OCLC Number: 466343529
Description: 379 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: History of the death penalty / Death Penalty Information Center --
Death sentences and executions in 2008, summary report / Amnesty International --
Number of executions as of May 20, 2011 by state since 1976 / Death Penalty Information Center --
The morality of anger / Walter Berns --
Execution is inherently inhumane, unfairly applied, and ineffective in deterring crime / Mahua Das --
Trial by fire : did Texas execute an innocent man? / David Grann --
A guilty man [and the history of lethal injection] / Vince Beiser --
Baze-d and confused : what's the deal with lethal injection? A debate / Alison J. Nathan and Douglas A. Berman --
Baze v. Rees, Supreme Court of the United States, April 16, 2008 / Chief Justice John Roberts --
Baze v. Rees / Justice Ruth Ginsburg, dissenting, Justice David Souter joining --
Baze v. Rees / Justice John Paul Stevens, concurring --
Baze v. Rees / Justice Antonin Scalia, concurring, Justice Clarence Thomas, joining --
Baze v. Rees / Justice Stephen Breyer, concurring --
Baze v. Rees / Justice Clarence Thomas, concurring, Justice Antonin Scalia, joining --
Kennedy v. Louisiana, Supreme Court of the United States, June 25, 2008 / Justice Anthony Kennedy --
Kennedy v. Louisiana / Justice Samuel Alito, dissenting --
The Supreme Court is wrong on the death penalty / Laurence H. Tribe --
The death penalty : unwise for child rape / Vivian Berger --
The arguments in favor of, and against, the death penalty for child rape / Marci Hamilton --
Engaging capital emotions / Douglas A. Berman and Stephanos Bibas --
Child rape, moral outrage, and the death penalty / Susan A. Bandes --
The Kirk Bloodsworth story / The Justice Project --
Life after DNA exoneration / Megan Feldman --
Death and innocence : capital punishment is on the decline, largely because of DNA testing and its ramifications for the legal system / Gregg Sangillo --
Death and harmless error : a rhetorical response to judging innocence / Colin Starger --
Testimony of Barry C. Scheck before the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment --
Of the coming of John / W.E.B. Dubois --
The persistent problem of racial disparities in the federal death penalty : a report of / the American Civil Liberties Union --
Georgia's racist death penalty / Heather Gray --
Looking deathworthy : perceived stereotypicality of black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes / Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Paul G. Davies, Valerie J. Purdie-Vaughns, and Sheri Lynn Johnson.
Responsibility: edited by Robert M. Baird, Stuart E. Rosenbaum.

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"Does capital punishment act as a deterrent to the commission of certain crimes? Is state-sponsored execution of criminals abhorrent to the standards of civilized society? Should the death penalty be outlawed as a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment? Should it be outlawed because of the possibility that an innocent person may be executed? Questions such as these are at the heart of the debate over capital punishment. In this excellent anthology, leading experts examines all sides of this thorny issue. Besides age-old questions surrounding the death penalty, some of the articles also address the impact of new advances in DNA technology. In addition, editors Baird and Rosenbaum provide edited excerpts from two recent, controversial decisions by the United States Supreme Court. In both cases, the Eighth Amendment came into play. In the first, Kennedy v. Louisiana, the Court ruled that the death penalty for raping a child, even in the case of violent rape, when the death of the child is not the result, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. In the second, Baez v. Rees, the Court confirmed a lower court's decision that the method of capital punishment used in most states--lethal injection--does not violate the Eighth Amendment. Anyone seeking greater clarity on the moral, legal, and political implications of this often-emotional debate will benefit from this balanced collection"--Provided by publisher.

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