The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies

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InThe 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 ...
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InThe 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.
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The author's "The Death Penalty in America; an Anthology", published in 1964, appeared in its third edition in 1982 with entirely new material. The present volume is also all new (though several of the topics and subtopics and their sequence are the same), and contains 40 essays examining the status of the death penalty worldwide, current attitudes of Americans toward convicted killers, legal and moral arguments, and the role of race and class in the judicial system. After an overview of the background and application of the death penalty, subsequent chapters allow partisans and experts on both sides of disputed questions to speak for themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195104387
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 6.31 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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Hugo Adam Bedau is Austin Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Background and Developments 3
2 Offenses Punishable by Death 36
3 Proposed State Death Penalty Legislation, 1994 42
4 Criminal Homicide 55
5 Death Row Prisoners 65
6 The Status of the Death Penalty Worldwide 78
7 Hardening of the Attitudes: Americans' Views on the Death Penalty 90
8 Sentencing for Life: Americans Embrace Alternatives to the Death Penalty 116
9 Murder, Capital Punishment, and Deterrence: A Review of the Literature 135
10 A National Study of the Furman-Commuted Inmates: Assessing the Threat to Society from Capital Offenders 162
11 Prison Homicides, Recidivist Murder, and Life Imprisonment 176
12 Furman v. Georgia, 1972: The Death Penalty as Administered Is Unconstitutional 189
13 Gregg v. Georgia, 1976: The Death Penalty Is Not Per Se Unconstitutional 196
14 Woodson v. North Carolina, 1976: Mandatory Death Penalties Are Unconstitutional 206
15 Coker v. Georgia, 1977: The Death Penalty for Rape Is Unconstitutional 210
16 Constitutional Interpretation, History, and the Death Penalty 214
17 Why the Death Penalty Is a Cruel and Unusual Punishment 232
18 Habeas Corpus and Other Constitutional Controversies 238
19 International Human Rights Law and the Death Penalty in America 246
20 McCleskey v. Kemp, 1987: A Racially Disproportionate Death Penalty System Is Not Unconstitutional 254
21 Death Penalty Sentencing: Research Indicates Pattern of Racial Disparities 268
22 Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence Not for the Worst Crime but for the Worst Lawyer 275
23 The Deadliest D.A. 319
24 How American Juries Decide Death Penalty Cases: The Capital Jury Project 333
25 Innocence and the Death Penalty: Assessing the Danger of Mistaken Executions 344
26 An Appeal for Clemency: The Case of Harold Lamont Otey 361
27 To See or Not to See: Televising Executions 384
28 Witness to Another Execution 387
29 Millions Misspent: What Politicians Don't Say About the High Costs of the Death Penalty 401
30 The New Testament and Moral Arguments for Capital Punishment 415
31 Noah's Covenant, the New Testament, and Christian Social Order 429
32 The Death Penalty Once More 445
33 A Reply to van den Haag 457
Bibliography 471
Table of Cases 501
Index 503
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