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Legal lynching : racism, injustice, and the death penalty

Author: Jesse Jackson
Publisher: New York : Marlowe & Co., 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Marlowe & Co. edView all editions and formats
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Legal Lynching is an impassioned rebuttal to advocates of the death penalty: legal executions are unjustly administered, are morally indefensible and fail to deter crime. A comprehensive rejection of the knee-jerk solution to the rise in violent crime, Legal Lynching comprises a history of state-sponsored execution, a consideration of the statistical evidence, an examination of scriptural justification for the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jesse Jackson
ISBN: 1569247617 9781569247617
OCLC Number: 34745952
Description: 224 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The roots of capital punishment --
Alternatives to the death penalty --
Innocence and the death penalty: the danger of mistaken executions --
Cruel and unusual punishment: is the death penalty unconstitutional? --
Deadly numbers: race, geography, sex, and the death penalty --
Deterrence, brutalization, and snowstorms --
Poor man's penalty: lack of representation --
Thou shalt not kill: biblical, theological, and moral dimensions of the death penalty --
Faith, popular opinion, and the future of capital punishment --
Appendix: National organizations against the death penalty.
Responsibility: Jesse Jackson with Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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Legal Lynching is an impassioned rebuttal to advocates of the death penalty: legal executions are unjustly administered, are morally indefensible and fail to deter crime. A comprehensive rejection of the knee-jerk solution to the rise in violent crime, Legal Lynching comprises a history of state-sponsored execution, a consideration of the statistical evidence, an examination of scriptural justification for the taking of a life, and, most chilling, the true-life stories of those condemned to die who were later found to be innocent. With eloquent determination, Jackson examines the recent history of the death penalty. He reflects on high-profile cases, such as that of Mumia Abu-Jamal; assesses the state of the opposition movement; and reveals irrefutable discrepancies in the implementation of the death penalty based on race, class, sex, and geography. By giving lie to the notion that justice is administered blindly and fairly in the life-and-death cases, Jackson's exposition is an inspiring call to action.

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