Death Penalty Cases

Death Penalty Cases, 3rd Edition

Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment

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






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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."

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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-Eligible 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

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