Equal justice and the death penalty : a legal and empirical analysis / David C. Baldus, George Woodworth, Charles A. Pulaski, Jr.

By: Baldus, David CContributor(s): Woodworth, George | Pulaski, Charles AMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1990Description: xx, 698 p. ; 25 cmISBN: 1555530567 (alk. paper); 9781555530563 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Capital punishment -- Georgia | Equality before the law -- Georgia | Capital punishment -- United States -- States | Equality before the law -- United States -- States | Criminal statistics -- United States -- States | Capital punishment Georgia | Capital punishment United States States | Criminal statistics United States States | Equality before the law Georgia | Equality before the law United States StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Equal justice and the death penalty.DDC classification: 345.758/0773 | 347.5805773 LOC classification: KFG565.C2 | B35 1990Other classification: 86.43
Contents:
1. Introduction -- 2. Capital sentencing and the impact of Furman v. Georgia -- 3. Post-Furman developments -- 4. The methodology for two death-sentencing studies -- 5. Arbitrariness and excessiveness in Georgia's capital-sentencing system before and after Furman -- 6. The influence of racial and suspect factors in the post conviction phases of Georgia's capital-sentencing program -- 7. State appellate court review of arbitrariness and discrimination in capital sentencing : the Georgia experience -- 8. Evidence of infrequency, arbitrariness, and discrimination in capital sentencing in other states -- 9. Comparative-proportionality review in other state courts -- 10. McCleskey v. Kemp : background, record, and adjudications -- 11. McCleskey v. Kemp on appeal : a methodological critique -- 12. Summary and conclusions
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 691-698).

Includes indexes.

1. Introduction -- 2. Capital sentencing and the impact of Furman v. Georgia -- 3. Post-Furman developments -- 4. The methodology for two death-sentencing studies -- 5. Arbitrariness and excessiveness in Georgia's capital-sentencing system before and after Furman -- 6. The influence of racial and suspect factors in the post conviction phases of Georgia's capital-sentencing program -- 7. State appellate court review of arbitrariness and discrimination in capital sentencing : the Georgia experience -- 8. Evidence of infrequency, arbitrariness, and discrimination in capital sentencing in other states -- 9. Comparative-proportionality review in other state courts -- 10. McCleskey v. Kemp : background, record, and adjudications -- 11. McCleskey v. Kemp on appeal : a methodological critique -- 12. Summary and conclusions

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Anyone interested in the capital punishment debate must read this book. The questions raised and the tentative answers proposed require careful reflection and consideration. The book examines the issue of the arbitrary and therefore potentially discriminatory application of the death penalty. The authors analyze the death penalty from 1972 to 1987. In that period the US Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional (1972) and then constitutional (1976). The penalty was upheld in 1976 in large part on the basis that states had instituted procedural safeguards making it highly unlikely, if not impossible, for the punishment to be imposed arbitrarily and discriminatorily. Whether or not these safeguards have worked, and if so to what extent, constitutes the thrust of this analysis. The authors conclude with a detailed analysis of the important 1987 case McCleskey v. Kemp and with a chapter containing their summary and conclusions. The analysis is carefully documented, and clearly and coherently written. The endnotes, selected sources, and indexes are substantive. Extensive appendixes offer explanations of and data for the statistical research. This volume is technically challenging, but can be read profitably at a variety of levels. Highly recommended for undergraduate and general public library collections. -M. A. Foley, Marywood College

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