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This anthology of law review articles addresses one of society's most awesome legal actions, the taking of human life as punishment for crime. Collected here are serious scholarly treatments of a variety of issues within both the substantive law of capital crimes and the procedural law for imposing capital punishment.
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PART I OVERVIEWS AND CRITIQUES OF THE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SYSTEM
John Kaplan, The Problem of Capital Punishment, 1983 University of Illinois
Law Review 555, 555-567, 569-577.
Ernest van den Haag, The Death Penalty Once More, 18 University of California
Davis Law Review 957 (1985).
Jack Greenberg, Against the American System of Capital Punishment, 99
Harvard Law Review 1670 (1986).
Charles L. Black, Jr., The Crisis in Capital Punishment, 31 Maryland
Law Review 289, 289-290, 291-305 (1971).
David J. Gottlieb, The Death Penalty in the Legislature: Some Thoughts
About Money, Myth, and Morality, 37 The University of Kansas Law Review
443, 444-451, 458-460 (1989)
PART II VIEWS FROM SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
Arthur J. Goldberg and Alan M. Dershowitz, Declaring the Death Penalty
Unconstitutional, 83 Harvard Law Review 1773, 1773-1776, 1777-1798 (1970).
William J. Brennan, Jr., Constitutional Adjudication and the Death Penalty:
A View from the Court, 100 Harvard Law Review 313 (1986).
Thurgood Marshall, Remarks on the Death Penalty Made at the Judicial
Conference of the Second Circuit, 86 Columbia Law Review 1 (1986).
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Capital Punishment, 102 Harvard Law Review 1035
PART III GOALS AND LIMITATIONS OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 65
Hugo Adam Bedau, Thinking of the Death Penalty as a Cruel and Unusual/
Punishment, 18 University of California at Davis Law Review. 873, 873-875,
877-880, 883-886, 892-895, 897 (1985).
Richard O. Lempert, Desert and Deterrence: An Assessment of the Moral
Bases of the Case for Capital Punishment, 79 University of Michigan Law
Review 1177, 1177-1188, 1222-1225 (1981).
Ruth D. Peterson and William C. Bailey, Murder and Capital Punishment
in the Evolving Context of the Post-Furman Era, 66 Journal of Social Forces
774, 774-781, 797-800 (1988).
William J. Bowers and Glenn L. Pierce, Deterrence or Brutalization:
What is the Effect of Executions?, 26 Crime and Delinquency 453, 453-459,
469-470, 481-484 (Oct. 1980).
Austin Sarat and Neil Vidmar, Public Opinion, the Death Penalty, and
the Eighth Amendment: Testing the Marshall Hypothesis, 1976 Wisconsin Law
Review 171, 177-183, 194-197.
David C. Baldus, Charles Pulaski, and George Woodworth, Comparative
Review of Death Sentences: An Empirical Study of the Georgia Experience,
74 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 661, 663-672' 728-731 (1983).
Richard A. Rosen, Felony Murder and the Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence
of Death, 31 Boston College Law Review 1103, 1104-1105, 1113-1117, 1163-1170
PART IV ISSUES OF RACE, YOUTH, AND GENDER
Samuel R. Gross and Robert Mauro, Patterns of Death: An Analysis of
Racial Disparities in Capital Sentencing and Homicide Victimizing, 37 Stanford
Law Review 27, 28-29, 36-37, 105-110 (1984).
Randall Kennedy, McCleskey v. Kemp, 101 Harvard Law Review 1388, 1388-1421,
Joseph L. Hoffman, On the Perils of Line-Drawing: Juveniles and the
Death Penalty, 40 Hastings Law Journal 229, 229-234, 243-284 (1989).
Victor L. Streib, Excluding Juveniles from New York's Impendent Death
Penalty, 54 Albany Law Review 625, 653-677 (1990).
Victor L. Streib, Death Penalty for Female Offenders, 58 University
of Cincinnati Law Review 845, 872, 874-880 (1990).
Elizabeth Rapaport, The Death Penalty and Gender Discrimination, 25
Law and Society Review 367 (1991).
PART V ISSUES OF INNOCENCE, ETHICS, AND DIGNITY
Hugo Adam Bedau and Michael L. Radelet, Miscarriages of Justice in
Potentially Capital Cases, 40 Stanford Law Review 21, 22-25, 31-36, 38-39,
72-75, 83-90 (1987).
Steven J. Markman and Paul G. Cassell, Protecting the Innocent: A Response
to the Bedau-Radelet Study, 41 Stanford Law Review 121, 121-123, 145-160
Richard J. Bonnie, Dilemmas in Administering the Death Penalty: Conscientious
Abstention, Professional Ethics, and the Needs of the Legal System, 14
Law and Human Behavior 67 (1990).
Charles Patrick Ewing, Diagnosing and Treating "insanity"
on Death Row: Legal and Ethical Perspectives, 5 Behavioral Sciences and
the Law 175 (1987).
Richard J. Bonnie, The Dignity of the Condemned, 74 Virginia Law Review
1363, 1 363-1364, 1369-1391 (1988).
PART Vl PROSECUTORS AND DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
Michael L. Radelet and Glenn L. Pierce, Pace and Prosecutorial Discretion
in Homicide Cases, 19 Law and Society Review 587, 587-588, 615-619 (1985).
F. Thomas Schornhorst, Preliminary Screening of Prosecutorial Access
to Death Qualified Juries: A Missing Constitutional Link, 62 Indiana Law
Journal 295, 295-297, 301-305, 318-331 (1987).
Roy Brasfield Herron, Defending Life in Tennessee Cases, 51 Tennessee
Law Review 681, 682-684, 688-722, 767- 768 (1984).
Gary Goodpaster, The Trial for Life: Effective Assistance of Counsel
in Death Penalty Cases, 58 New York University Law Review 299, 300-305,
PART Vll QUESTIONS FOR JURIES, APPELLATE COURTS, AND GOVERNORS
Vivian Berger, "Black Box Decisions" on Life or Death[If
They're Arbitrary, Don't Blame the Jury: A Reply to Judge Patrick Higginbotham,
41 Case Western Reserve Law Review 1067 (1991).
James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen, Gazing
into the Crystal Bait: Can Jurors Accurately Predict Dangerousness in Capital
Law and Society Review 449, 449-451, 454-460, 464-466 (1989).
Michael Mello, Facing Death Alone: The Post-Conviction Attorney Crisis
on Death Row, 37 The American University Law Review 513, 519-522, 530-566
Vivian Berger, Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?[A Comment on
Recent Proposals to Reform Death Penalty Habeas Corpus, 90 Columbia Law
Review 1665, 1668-1674, 1684-1704 (1990).
Daniel T. Kobil, Do the Paperwork or Die: Clemency, Ohio Style?, 52
Ohio State Law Journal 656, 679-700 (1991).
PART VIII PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Robert A. Burt, Disorder in the Court: The Death Penalty and the Constitution,
85 Michigan Law Review 1741, 1743- 1782 (1987).
Robert Weisberg, Deregulating Death, 1983 The Supreme Court Review 305,
305-306, 328-343, 360-395.
James R. Acker and Elizabeth R. Walsh, Challenging the Death Penalty
Under State Constitutions, 42 Vanderbilt Law Review 1299, 1300-1302, 1331-1363
Anthony G. Amsterdam, In Favorem Mortis: The Supreme Court and Capital
Punishment, Winter 1987 Human Rights 14.
Steven G. Gey, Justice Scalia's Death Penalty, 20 The Florida State
University Law Review 67, 67-69, 89-102, 120- 132 (1992).
Franklin E. Zimring, Inheriting the Wind: The Supreme Court and Capital
Punishment in the 1990s, 20 The Florida State University Law Review 7 (1992).