The Death Penalty in the United States: A Complete Guide to Federal and State Laws, 2d ed.

The Death Penalty in the United States: A Complete Guide to Federal and State Laws, 2d ed.

by Louis J. Palmer
     
 

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The death penalty landscape has changed considerably since the 1998 first edition of this book. For example, six states that had the death penalty—Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York—no longer impose the punishment. Some of the changes set out in this second edition involve discussions of all of the significant cases

Overview

The death penalty landscape has changed considerably since the 1998 first edition of this book. For example, six states that had the death penalty—Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York—no longer impose the punishment. Some of the changes set out in this second edition involve discussions of all of the significant cases decided by the United States Supreme Court after 1998, including Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005); Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002); Schriro v. Smith, 126 S.Ct. 7 (2005); Harbison v. Bell, 129 S.Ct. 1481 (2009); Holmes v. South Carolina, 126 S.Ct. 1727 (2006); Kansas v. Marsh, 126 S.Ct. 2516 (2006); Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002); Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania, 537 U.S. 101 (2003).

This new edition includes 13 new chapters. They cover such topics as capital felon's defense team; habeas corpus, coram nobis and section 1983 proceedings; the Innocence protection act and post-conviction DNA testing; challenging the death sentence under racial justice acts; inhabited American territories; and the costs of capital punishment.

Editorial Reviews

ARBA
...clear and coherent guide...highly recommended
Library Journal
Palmer's work is certainly the most current and possibly the most comprehensive title available...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786476602
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/09/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Louis J. Palmer, Jr., an attorney for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, is the author of numerous reference works on criminal justice. He lives in Pocatalico, West Virginia.

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