* 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.
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.
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.