* 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.
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.
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.