Death Penalty, TheThe course considers the impact of racism, poverty and ineffective legal representation on capital punishment. Primarily, however, the course is about the law; the rules and procedures which govern who is, and is not, subject to the death penalty; what principles does the law invoke to distinguish death-worthy cases from cases where the sanction of death itself would be unlawful. We will also consider moral and philosophical questions about the death penalty to the extent that such questions affect or influence legal thought and policy, and explore some emerging issues implicated by most recent death penalty jurisprudence.
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|Greenwald, Stephen||Spring 2010, Spring 2011||Download syllabus (PDF)