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Death Penalty Cases, 3rd Edition

Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment

 
Death Penalty Cases, 3rd Edition,Barry Latzer,ISBN9780123820242
 
 
 

  

Butterworth-Heinemann

9780123820242

9780123820259

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Scrupulously edited excerpts from all of the key cases on capital punishment, including the most recent Supreme Court decisions!

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Key Features

* 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.

Description

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.

Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice, criminal law, issues, ethics, and civil rights courses. Has some potential as a primary text for courses in the death penalty and special topics courses.

Barry Latzer

JD, Ph.D.

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 (1977). Professor Latzer is also known for his work on state constitutional law, which is the subject of two of his books, State Constitutional Criminal Law (Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, 1995), and State Constitutions and Criminal Justice (Greenwood, 1991). He has published over two dozen scholarly articles and writes a continuing series of articles for the Criminal Law Bulletin, entitled "State Constitutional Developments."

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Death Penalty Cases, 3rd Edition

Chapter 1: The Law and the Issues
History 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. Georgia
Chapter 3: Not Inherently Unconstitutional: Gregg v. Georgia
Chapter 4: Mandatory Death Penalty: Woodson v. North Carolina
Chapter 5: Mitigating Evidence: Lockett v. Ohio, Jurek v. Texas, Note on Penry and later Texas cases
Chapter 6: Racial Bias: McCleskey v. Kemp

Section II: Death-Eligibile Crimes and Persons

Chapter 7: Rape:
Coker v. Georgia
Chapter 8: Murder: Godfrey v. Georgia
Chapter 9: Felony-Murder: Enmund v. Florida, Tison v. Arizona
Chapter 10: The Mentally Retarded and Juveniles: Atkins v. Virginia, Roper v. Simmons
Chapter 11: Child Rape: Kennedy v. Louisiana

Section III: The Death Penalty Trial

Chapter 12: Appropriate Decisionmakers:
Spaziano v. Florida, Ring v. Arizona
Chapter 13: Selecting Jurors: Witherspoon v. Illinois, Turner v. Murray, Uttecht v. Brown
Chapter 14: Victim Impact Evidence: Payne v. Tennessee
Chapter 15: The Sentencing Decision: McKoy v. North Carolina, Kansas v. Marsh

Section IV: Post-Conviction Review

Chapter 16: Ineffective Counsel:
Strickland v. Washington, Williams v. Taylor
Chapter 17: Claims of Innocence: Herrera v. Collins, Kansas v. Marsh

Section V: Execution Issues

Chapter 18: Mental Illness at Execution:
Ford v. Wainwright, Panetti v. Quarterman
Chapter 19: Method of Execution: Baze v. Rees

Appendix A: Facts and Figures on Murder and the Death Penalty
Appendix B: Selected Death Penalty Statutes

Quotes and reviews

"Barry Latzer and David McCord’s latest edition of Death Penalty Cases breaks new ground in providing thoughtful and balanced analysis of all important legal issues surrounding the death penalty. From the subject of why we should have (or not have) capital punishment, to the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on cruel and unusual punishment, to victim impact evidence and claims of actual innocence, the inquiring reader will find penetrating dissections of every major topic swirling around the death penalty debate. This book moves far beyond sloganeering to expose the fault lines in the debates and gives both sides their due. For anyone who truly wants to understand the law surrounding capital punishment, Death Penalty Cases Third Edition is a 'must read." --Paul G. Cassell, Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law-University of Utah

"This volume is a gem. Latzer and McCord have carefully selected and edited landmark Supreme Court decisions encompassing the justice’s far-ranging, fascinating, and inevitably controversial capital punishment jurisprudence. The result is a compact, highly useful, comprehensive, and-to their great credit-balanced and even-handed representation of the complex constitutional, ethical, and empirical issues that distinguish this compelling body of law. " --James R. Acker, Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Criminal Justice, SUNY-Albany

"Given the attention paid to the death penalty by judges, lawyers and the public, I always have been surprised by the difficulty of finding a first-rate casebook to teach the subject. With this book, Barry Latzer and David McCord have admirably met that challenge. Their organization, with cases edited to just the right level of comprehensiveness for teaching, sets out the perfect blueprint from which the student can build an understanding of the intricacies of the Supreme Court's death penalty jurisprudence." --Scott Sundby, Sydney and Francis Lewis Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law

"The chief strengths of Death Penalty Cases are that it is beautifully edited and that it is comprehensive, and the new structure of the third edition -- organized around five sections -- is brilliant." --Beau Breslin, PhD, Assistant Dean of the Faculty, Director of the First-Year Experience, and Professor of Government, Skidmore College

 
 
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