Machinery of Death: The Reality of America's Death Penalty Regime

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Overview

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Barry Scheck
A thoughtful and compelling book written by people who struggle on the front lines with the machinery of death. It exposes the critical fault-lines: how race and poverty continue to matter; how innocent people can end up on death row; and how constitutional rights are routinely ignored by state and federal judges. Anyone who wants to know how the death penalty really works in America should read this book.
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This volume brings together lawyers, prison officials, social workers, journalists, and the relatives of murder victims, who all have one thing in common: intimate knowledge of the machinery of death, that is, the rules and procedures leading to a decision to use capital punishment. Death penalty lawyer David R. Dow (George Butler Research Professor of Law, Univ. of Houston) and Mark Dow, a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, have compiled articles filled with compelling evidence that capital punishment is unfairly used against underprivileged minority males. Among the less surprising revelations are that everyone on death row lacks the money to hire a "Dream Team," politics often plays a role in the decision-making process, and the death penalty can be seen as a direct descendant of lynching and other forms of racial violence and racial oppression in America. Nearly all of the contributing authors express a concern for innocent persons being victimized through capital punishment. However, the evidence presented here also reveals that the true root of the problem with false convictions is the judicial system itself. Less historical and more an impassioned, firsthand survey than Stuart Banner's recent The Death Penalty: An American History, this book is recommended for specialized collections in criminal justice. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Dow is George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston. Since 1988, he has represented more than twenty-five death row inmates. Mark Dow is a Brooklyn based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Miami Herald, The Boston Herald, and The Texas Observer.Christopher Hitchens is a best-selling author and a regular columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Slouching toward Abolition
Introduction: The Problem of "Innocence" 1
I The Reality of the Regime
1 How the Death Penalty Really Works 11
2 The Execution of Ivon Ray Stanley 37
II Legacies of Lynching
3 Discrimination, Death, and Denial: Race and the Death Penalty 45
4 The Judge as Lynch Mob 79
5 "From My Vantage-Disadvantage Point": Samuel B. Johnson in the New South 91
III Inevitability and Innocence
6 Jousting with the Juggernaut 107
7 The Politics of Finality and the Execution of the Innocent: The Case of Gary Graham 127
8 Innocence Lost 145
9 Chance and the Exoneration of Anthony Porter 157
IV Inside the Walls
10 The Stopping Point: Interview with a Tie-Down Officer 169
11 "The Line between Us and Them": Interview with Warden Donald Cabana 175
V Lives Intertwined
12 Is the Death Penalty Good for Women? 195
13 An Eagle Soars: The Legacy of Mr. Smile 225
14 In Memory of Andrew Lee Jones 241
15 Representing Robert Sawyer 249
VI Toward Abolition
16 Killing the Death Penalty with Kindness 269
17 Speaking Out against the Execution of Timothy McVeigh 275
18 Amazing Grace: Reflections on Justice, Survival, and Healing 283
Biographies 289
Index 291
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