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The Death Penalty in America : Current Controversies - Hugo Adam Bedau

The Death Penalty in America

Current Controversies

By: Hugo Adam Bedau (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9780195122862
Number Of Pages: 544

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In The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies, Hugo Adam Bedau, one of our preeminent scholars on the subject, provides a comprehensive sourcebook on the death penalty, making the process of informed consideration not only possible but fascinating as well. No mere revision of the third edition of The Death Penalty in America--which the New York Times praised as "the most complete, well-edited and comprehensive collection of readings on the pros and cons of the death penalty"--this volume brings together an entirely new selection of 40 essays and includes updated statistical and research data, recent Supreme Court decisions, and the best current contributions to the debate over capital punishment. From the status of the death penalty worldwide to current attitudes of Americans toward convicted killers, from legal arguments challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty to moral arguments enlisting the New Testament in support of it, from controversies over the role of race and class in the judicial system to proposals to televise executions, Bedau gathers readings that explore all the most compelling aspects of this most compelling issue.

"I feel the author tapped some good sources in showing pro-&-con in many controversial areas. Seriously considering this as a required text for class."--Sam Schlageter, Criminal Justice Dept., Livingstone College "For the uninitiated proponents of capital punishment...a serious reading of the book will challenge them to confront the chasm between their perception of capital punishment in principle and 'the justice of the death penalty in practice.' The unwitting opponent of capital punishment will likewise find the facts to support their view while also gaining insight into arguments advanced by those who favor capital punishment. And those familiar with the subject matter will be grateful for the impressive compendium from some of America's foremost authorities on the death penalty, Professor Bedau's incisive analysis, and a few new gems."--Criminal Law Bulletin

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Background and Developmentsp. 3
Offenses Punishable by Deathp. 36
Proposed State Death Penalty Legislation, 1994p. 42
Criminal Homicidep. 55
Death Row Prisonersp. 65
The Status of the Death Penalty Worldwidep. 78
Hardening of the Attitudes: Americans' Views on the Death Penaltyp. 90
Sentencing for Life: Americans Embrace Alternatives to the Death Penaltyp. 116
Murder, Capital Punishment, and Deterrence: A Review of the Literaturep. 135
A National Study of the Furman-Commuted Inmates: Assessing the Threat to Society from Capital Offendersp. 162
Prison Homicides, Recidivist Murder, and Life Imprisonmentp. 176
Furman v. Georgia, 1972: The Death Penalty as Administered Is Unconstitutionalp. 189
Gregg v. Georgia, 1976: The Death Penalty Is Not Per Se Unconstitutionalp. 196
Woodson v. North Carolina, 1976: Mandatory Death Penalties Are Unconstitutionalp. 206
Coker v. Georgia, 1977: The Death Penalty for Rape Is Unconstitutionalp. 210
Constitutional Interpretation, History, and the Death Penaltyp. 214
Why the Death Penalty Is a Cruel and Unusual Punishmentp. 232
Habeas Corpus and Other Constitutional Controversiesp. 238
International Human Rights Law and the Death Penalty in Americap. 246
McCleskey v. Kemp, 1987: A Racially Disproportionate Death Penalty System Is Not Unconstitutionalp. 254
Death Penalty Sentencing: Research Indicates Pattern of Racial Disparitiesp. 268
Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence Not for the Worst Crime but for the Worst Lawyerp. 275
The Deadliest D.A.p. 319
How American Juries Decide Death Penalty Cases: The Capital Jury Projectp. 333
Innocence and the Death Penalty: Assessing the Danger of Mistaken Executionsp. 344
An Appeal for Clemency: The Case of Harold Lamont Oteyp. 361
To See or Not to See: Televising Executionsp. 384
Witness to Another Executionp. 387
Millions Misspent: What Politicians Don't Say About the High Costs of the Death Penaltyp. 401
The New Testament and Moral Arguments for Capital Punishmentp. 415
Noah's Covenant, the New Testament, and Christian Social Orderp. 429
The Death Penalty Once Morep. 445
A Reply to van den Haagp. 457
Bibliographyp. 471
Table of Casesp. 501
Indexp. 503
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ISBN: 9780195122862
ISBN-10: 0195122860
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.76