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

Death Penalty Cases, Third Edition: Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment
Author: Barry Latzer JD Ph.D.
ISBN 13: 9780123820242
ISBN 10: 123820243
Edition: 3
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Publication Date: 2010-11-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 456
List Price: $44.95

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.


Offers excerpts from 22 US Supreme Court cases on capital punishment that illuminate the central arguments on this controversial issues through the cases that form the framework for US law on the subject. Justices discuss issues such as justification of punishment, deterrent aspects of executions, the history of murder laws, and the role of race. Most footnotes and case citations have been omitted. Includes an introductory chapter of background on capital punishment, and introductory comments for each case. For use in courses in criminal justice, political science, legal studies, and philosophy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.