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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Most Deserving of Death? An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Death Penalty Jurisprudence

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ISBN13: 9780754678854
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00

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The role of capital punishment in America has been criticised by those for and against the death penalty, by the judiciary, academics, the media and by prison personnel. This book demonstrates that it is the inconsistent and often incoherent jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court which accounts for a system so lacking in public confidence.

Using case studies, Kenneth Williams examines issues such as jury selection, ineffective assistance of counsel, the role of race and claims of innocence which affect the Court's decisions and how these decisions are played out in the lower courts, often an inmate's last recourse before execution. Discussing international treaties and their lack of impact on capital punishment in America, this book has international appeal and makes an important contribution to legal scholarship. It also provides a unique understanding

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Other Jurisdictions , USA
History of capital punishment in the United States
The problem of ineffective representation
Race and the death penalty
Mental illness
Death penalty procedures and appeals
International law and the death penalty
Methods of execution
Judges and capital punishment