Death Penalty Cases : Leading U. S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-05
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

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This brand new edition of Death Penalty Cases makes the most manageable comprehensive resource on the death penalty even better. It includes the most recent cases, including Kennedy v. Louisiana, prohibiting the death penalty for child rapists, and Baze v. Rees, upholding execution by lethal injection. In addition, all of the cases are now topically organized into five sections: * The Foundational Cases * Death-Eligibility: Which persons/crimes are fit for the death penalty? * The Death Penalty Trial * Post-conviction Review * Execution Issues The introductory essays on the history, administration, and controversies surrounding capital punishment have been thoroughly revised. The statistical appendix has been brought up-to-date, and the statutory appendix has been restructured. For clarity, accuracy, complete impartiality and comprehensiveness, there simply is no better resource on capital punishment available.* Provides the most recent case material--no need to supplement. * Topical organization of cases provides a more logical organization for structuring a course. * Co-authors with different perspectives on the death penalty assures complete impartiality of the material. * Provides the necessary historical background, a clear explanation of the current capital case process, and an impartial description of the controversies surrounding the death penalty * Provides the latest statistics relevant to discussions on the death penalty. * Clearly explains the different ways in which the states process death penalty cases, with excerpts of the most relevant statutes.

Author Biography

Barry Latzer, JD, PhD, is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. David McCord, JD, is a professor of law at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Table of Casesp. xi
Capital Punishment in Americap. 1
Foundational Cases
Cruel and Unusual as Applied-Furman v. Georgia (1972)p. 37
Not Inherently Unconstitutional-Gregg v. Georgia (1976)p. 67
Mandatory Death Penalty-Woodson v. North Carolina (1976)p. 85
Mitigating Evidence-Lockett v. Ohio (1978) and Jurek v. Texas (1976)p. 99
Racial Bias-McCleskey v. Kemp (1987)p. 113
Death-Eligible Crimes and Persons
Rape and Other Nonhomicide Crimes-Coker v. Georgia (1977)p. 135
Murder-Godfrey v. Georgia (1980)p. 145
Felony-Murder-Enmund v. Florida (1982) and Tison v. Arizona (1987)p. 155
The Mentally Retarded and Juveniles-Atkins v. Virginia (2002) and Roper v. Simmons (2005)p. 181
Child Rape-Kennedy v. Louisiana (2008)p. 215
The Death Penalty Trial
Appropriate Decision Makers-Spaziano v. Florida (1984) and Ring v. Arizona (2002)p. 235
Selecting Jurors-Witherspoon v. Illinois (1968), Turner v. Murray (1986), and Uttecht v. Brown (2007)p. 253
Victim Impact Evidence-Payne v. Tennessee (1991)p. 275
The Sentencing Decision-McKoy v. North Carolina(1990) and Kansas v. Marshp. 295
Post-Conviction Review
Ineffective Counsel-Strickland v. Washington (1984) and Williams v. Taylor (2000)p. 317
Claims of Innocence-Herrera v. Collins (1993) and Kansas v. Marshp. 337
Execution Issues
Insane Convicts May Not Be Executed-Ford v. Wainwright (1986) and Panetti v. Quarterman (2007)p. 373
Method of Execution-Baze v. Rees (2008)p. 387
Facts and Figures on Murder and the Death Penaltyp. 411
Understanding Statutory Provisionsp. 427
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