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

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byBarry Latzer, Barry Latzer

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Death Penalty Cases presents significant verbatim excerpts of death-penalty decisions from the United States Supreme Court. The first chapter introduces the topics discussed throughout the book. It also includes a detailed history of the death penalty in the United States. After this introduction, the remaining eighteen chapters are divided into five parts: Foundational Cases, Death-Eligible Crimes and Persons, The Death Penalty Trial, Post-Conviction Review, and Execution Issues.
The first part, consisting of five chapters, talks about the mandatory death penalty, mitigating evidence and racial bias. The next part covers death-eligible crimes, such as rape and other crimes that do not involve homicide and murder. The middle part presents the trial process, from choosing the appropriate decision-makers through the sentencing decision. Followed by this is a chapter focusing on the aftermath of conviction, such as claims of innocence. The book concludes by exploring issues related to execution, such as not executing insane convicts. Finally, execution methods are presented.

* 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.

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Death Penalty Cases presents significant verbatim excerpts of death-penalty decisions from the United States Supreme Court. The first chapter introduces the topics discussed throughout the book. It also includes a detailed history of the death penalty in the United States. After this introduction, the remaining eighteen chapters are di...

BARRY LATZER is Professor of Government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a member of the Ph.D. and M.A. faculties in Criminal Justice at the Graduate School and University Center. He received a law degree (J.D.) from Fordham University (1985) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (197...

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Format:OtherDimensions:456 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:October 27, 2010Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Law and the IssuesHistory of Capital Punishment History of the Eighth Amendment Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty Stages of a Capital Case

Section I: Foundational Cases

Chapter 2: Cruel and Unusual as Applied:Furman v. GeorgiaChapter 3: Not Inherently Unconstitutional:Gregg v. GeorgiaChapter 4: Mandatory Death Penalty:Woodson v. North CarolinaChapter 5: Mitigating Evidence:Lockett v. Ohio, Jurek v. Texas, Note on Penry and later Texas casesChapter 6: Racial Bias:McCleskey v. KempSection II: Death-Eligible Crimes and PersonsChapter 7: Rape:Coker v. GeorgiaChapter 8: Murder:Godfrey v. GeorgiaChapter 9: Felony-Murder:Enmund v. Florida, Tison v. ArizonaChapter 10: The Mentally Retarded and Juveniles:Atkins v. Virginia, Roper v. SimmonsChapter 11: Child Rape:Kennedy v. LouisianaSection III: The Death Penalty TrialChapter 12: Appropriate Decisionmakers:Spaziano v. Florida, Ring v. ArizonaChapter 13: Selecting Jurors:Witherspoon v. Illinois, Turner v. Murray, Uttecht v. BrownChapter 14: Victim Impact Evidence:Payne v. TennesseeChapter 15: The Sentencing Decision:McKoy v. North Carolina, Kansas v. Marsh

Section IV: Post-Conviction ReviewChapter 16: Ineffective Counsel:Strickland v. Washington, Williams v. TaylorChapter 17: Claims of Innocence:Herrera v. Collins, Kansas v. MarshSection V: Execution IssuesChapter 18: Mental Illness at Execution:Ford v. Wainwright, Panetti v. QuartermanChapter 19: Method of Execution:Baze v. ReesAppendix A:Facts and Figures on Murder and the Death PenaltyAppendix B:Selected Death Penalty Statutes