A Capital Case in America: How Today's Justice System Handles Death Penalty Cases, from Crime Scene to Ultimate Execution of Sentence / Edition 1

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Six capital murder indictments. Six defendants charged with horrifying crimes. Which ones, if any, should receive the death penalty?

A Capital Case in America examines how Americans handle their most serious murder cases by telling the stories of six actual death penalty crimes and trials. It re-creates the six murders themselves, as well as the investigations, prosecutions, defenses, and aftermaths.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890897294
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword: Before the Execution
Pt. I From Offense to Trial: The Case of Kenneth Brock 3
Ch. 1 The Offense and the Arrest 5
Ch. 2 The Defendant, the Victim, and the Investigation 19
Ch. 3 Preliminary Maneuvering: The Lawyers, the Judge, and the Jury 29
Ch. 4 The Trial 43
Ch. 5 The Arguments and the Verdict 55
Ch. 6 The Penalty Hearing 63
Ch. 7 The Aftermath 75
Pt. II The Jury and the Life or Death Decision 79
Ch. 8 The Richmond Avenue Murders 83
Ch. 9 The Trial of John Stiles Griffin 101
Ch. 10 The Halloween Candy Murder Case 115
Ch. 11 The Trial of Ronald O'Bryan 133
Pt. III The Evidence and the Life or Death Decision 145
Ch. 12 The Murder of an Old Woman 147
Ch. 13 The Trial of Gerald Lee Bodde 157
Ch. 14 The Brady Bunch, Part I: Suppression of the Evidence 173
Ch. 15 The Brady Bunch, Part II: The Trial of Richard Vargas 191
Ch. 16 The Brady Bunch, Part III: The Navigation Street Murder 205
Ch. 17 The Brady Bunch, Part IV: Bernardino Sierra's Plea Bargain 213
Pt. IV Of Barbarism - And Justice 225
Ch. 18 The Dilemma of Capital Punishment 227
Ch. 19 The Best of the Abolitionist Argument 231
Ch. 20 The Case for Capital Punishment 239
Pt. V What Happened to Them? 245
Ch. 21 "A Model Prisoner" 247
Ch. 22 Appeals, Petitions, and Stays 251
Ch. 23 Life and Death on Death Row 257
Ch. 24 The Execution Protocol 267
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