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Sep 07, 2012

BOOKS: The Death of the American Death Penalty”

A new book by Larry Koch, Colin Wark and John Galliher dis­cuss­es the sta­tus of the death penal­ty in the U.S. in light of recent leg­isla­tive activ­i­ty and court deci­sions. In The Death of the American Death Penalty, the authors exam­ine the impact of fac­tors such as eco­nom­ic con­di­tions, pub­lic sen­ti­ment, the role of elites, the media, and pop­u­la­tion diver­si­ty on the death penal­ty debate. The book high­lights the recent abo­li­tion deci­sions in New York, New Jersey, New…

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Aug 27, 2012

HISTORY: Public Executions in Virginia

A new book by Professor Harry M. Ward of the University of Richmond exam­ines the death penal­ty in Virginia at a time when exe­cu­tions were car­ried out for all to see. In Public Executions in Richmond, Virginia: A History, 1782 – 1907, Ward pro­vides a his­to­ry of the hang­ings and, dur­ing the Civil War, fir­ing-squad exe­cu­tions in Virginia’s cap­i­tal city. Thousands of wit­ness­es attend­ed the exe­cu­tions, which were seen as a form of enter­tain­ment. Public exe­cu­tions end­ed with…

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Aug 20, 2012

BOOKS: Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity”

A new book by Professors Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook looks at the lives of eigh­teen peo­ple who had been wrong­ful­ly sen­tenced to death and who were lat­er freed from death row. In Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity, the authors focus on three cen­tral areas affect­ing those who had to begin a new life after leav­ing years of severe con­fine­ment: the seem­ing invis­i­bil­i­ty of these indi­vid­u­als after their release; the com­plic­i­ty of the…

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Aug 13, 2012

IN MEMORIAM: Hugo Adam Bedau

Long-time death penal­ty schol­ar Hugo Adam Bedau died on August 13, 2012 . Dr. Bedau had been the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, and is best known for his work on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Dr. Bedau fre­quent­ly tes­ti­fied about the death penal­ty before the U.S. Congress and many state leg­is­la­tures. He authored sev­er­al books about the death penal­ty, includ­ing The Death Penalty in America (1964; 4th edi­tion, 1997), The Courts, the…

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Jul 25, 2012

BOOKS: Die Free: A True Story of Murder, Betrayal and Miscarried Justice”

A new elec­tron­ic book by for­mer jour­nal­ist Peter Rooney offers an in-depth look at the case of Joseph Burrows, who was exon­er­at­ed from Illinois’s death row in 1996. In Die Free: A True Story of Murder, Betrayal and Miscarried Justice, Rooney explains how Burrows was sen­tenced to death for the mur­der of William Dulin based on snitch tes­ti­mo­ny. He was con­vict­ed pri­mar­i­ly on the word of Gayle Potter, who recant­ed her tes­ti­mo­ny eight…

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Jul 13, 2012

BOOKS: Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America”

A new book by Clive Stafford Smith, a British lawyer who has defend­ed death row inmates in the U.S., offers an in-depth view of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in America. In Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America, Stafford Smith exam­ines the case of Kris Maharaj, a British cit­i­zen who was sen­tenced to death in Florida for a dou­ble mur­der, to expose prob­lems in the jus­tice sys­tem. The book reveals dis­turb­ing details of Maharaj’s case, including…

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Jun 25, 2012

NEW RESOURCE: The State of Criminal Justice 2012

The American Bar Association recent­ly pub­lished The State of Criminal Justice 2012, an annu­al report that exam­ines major issues, trends and sig­nif­i­cant changes in America’s crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. This pub­li­ca­tion serves as a valu­able resource for aca­d­e­mics, stu­dents, and pol­i­cy-mak­ers in the area of crim­i­nal jus­tice, and con­tains 24 chap­ters focus­ing on spe­cif­ic areas of the crim­i­nal jus­tice field. The chap­ter devot­ed to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment was writ­ten by…

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May 23, 2012

BOOKS: Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure”

A new book by Professor Jody Lynee’ Madeira of the Indiana University School of Law fol­lows the after­math of the Oklahoma City bomb­ing to explore whether the fam­i­lies of mur­der vic­tims obtain clo­sure from an exe­cu­tion. In Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure, Prof. Madeira recounts her wide range of inter­views with those who expe­ri­enced this tragedy first-hand. Regarding the book, Professor Carol Steiker of Harvard said, Everyone seems to have…

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Apr 27, 2012

BOOKS: The Death Penalty Failed Experiment: From Gary Graham to Troy Davis in Context”

A new book pub­lished in elec­tron­ic for­mat, The Death Penalty Failed Experiment: From Gary Graham to Troy Davis in Context by Diann Rust-Tierney, exam­ines the prob­lem of arbi­trari­ness in the death penal­ty since its rein­state­ment in 1976. Through an analy­sis of the cas­es of Gary Graham and Troy Davis, the author argues that race, wealth and geog­ra­phy play a more sig­nif­i­cant role in deter­min­ing who faces cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment than the facts of the crime…

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Mar 29, 2012

BOOKS: The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale”

A new book, The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale,” by Joseph Ingle, chron­i­cles the com­pelling sto­ry of Philip Workman, who was exe­cut­ed in Tennessee in 2007. The author, a min­is­ter of the United Church of Christ who has spent decades work­ing with those on death row, served as Mr. Workman’s pas­tor and tells the sto­ry from his own view­point, as well as those of oth­ers famil­iar with the case. Sister Helen…

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