One of the touchstones of a democratic society is the freedom from cruel and unusual punishments that are typical in dictatorial societies. In America, the Federal Constitution was specifically constructed to prevent such criminal and civil punishments. Here, in this anthology, readers are presented with pertinent primary and secondary sources dealing with this broad subject. Editor Kristin Tubb combines articles written by legal scholars with briefs crafted by leading litigators including present and past Supreme Court Justices. Through these selections readers will become familiar with the complexand, at times, adversarialways in which the current judicial perspectives about topics such as capital punishment, torture, and confessions have evolved. Additionally, the editor of this work has taken great pains to present both sides of controversial issues so that readers are afforded a balanced perspective. This book is one that will serve as a valuable resource for students of government and the judiciary. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck