Death Penalty Cases,
Edition 3 Leading U.S. Supreme Court Cases on Capital Punishment
By Barry Latzer, JD, Ph.D.

Publication Date: 05 Nov 2010

Death Penalty Cases presents significant verbatim excerpts of death-penalty decisions from the United States Supreme Court. The first chapter introduces the topics discussed throughout the book. It also includes a detailed history of the death penalty in the United States. After this introduction, the remaining eighteen chapters are divided into five parts: Foundational Cases, Death-Eligible Crimes and Persons, The Death Penalty Trial, Post-Conviction Review, and Execution Issues.

The first part, consisting of five chapters, talks about the mandatory death penalty, mitigating evidence and racial bias. The next part covers death-eligible crimes, such as rape and other crimes that do not involve homicide and murder. The middle part presents the trial process, from choosing the appropriate decision-makers through the sentencing decision. Followed by this is a chapter focusing on the aftermath of conviction, such as claims of innocence. The book concludes by exploring issues related to execution, such as not executing insane convicts. Finally, execution methods are presented.

Key Features

  • Provides the most recent case material--no need to supplement
  • Topical organization of cases provides a more logical organization for structuring a course
  • Co-authors with different perspectives on the death penalty assures complete impartiality of the material
  • Provides the necessary historical background, a clear explanation of the current capital case process, and an impartial description of the controversies surrounding the death penalty
  • Provides the latest statistics relevant to discussions on the death penalty
  • Clearly explains the different ways in which the states process death penalty cases, with excerpts of the most relevant statutes
About the author
By Barry Latzer, JD, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Capital Punishment in AmericaPart I: Foundational Cases Chapter 2 Cruel and Unusual as Applied—Furman v. Georgia (1972) Chapter 3 Not Inherently Unconstitutional—Gregg v. Georgia (1976) Chapter 4 Mandatory Death Penalty—Woodson v. North Carolina (1976) Chapter 5 Mitigating Evidence—Lockett v. Ohio (1978) and Jurek v. Texas (1976) Chapter 6 Racial Bias—McCleskey v. Kemp (1987)Part II: Death-Eligible Crimes and Persons Chapter 7 Rape and Other Nonhomicide Crimes—Coker v. Georgia (1977) Chapter 8 Murder—Godfrey v. Georgia (1980) Chapter 9 Felony-Murder—Enmund v. Florida (1982) and Tison v. Arizona (1987) Chapter 10 The Mentally Retarded and Juveniles—Atkins v. Virginia (2002) and Roper v. Simmons (2005) Chapter 11 Child Rape—Kennedy v. Louisiana (2008)Part III: The Death Penalty Trial Chapter 12 Appropriate Decision Makers—Spaziano v. Florida (1984) and Ring v. Arizona (2002) Chapter 13 Selecting Jurors—Witherspoon v. Illinois (1968), Turner v. Murray (1986), and Uttecht v. Brown (2007) Chapter 14 Victim Impact Evidence—Payne v. Tennessee (1991) Chapter 15 The Sentencing Decision—McKoy v. North Carolina (1990) and Kansas v. Marsh (2006)Part IV: Post-Conviction Review Chapter 16 Ineffective Counsel—Strickland v. Washington (1984) and Williams v. Taylor (2000) Chapter 17 Claims of Innocence—Herrera v. Collins (1993) and Kansas v. Marsh (2006)Part V: Execution Issues Chapter 18 Insane Convicts May Not Be Executed—Ford v. Wainwright (1986) and Panetti v.Quarterman (2007) Chapter 19 Method of Execution—Baze v. Rees (2008)Appendix A: Facts and Figures on Murder and the Death PenaltyAppendix B: Understanding Statutory Provisions
Book details
ISBN: 9780123820242
Page Count: 456
Retail Price : £32.99
Undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice, criminal law, issues, ethics, and civil rights courses. Has some potential as a primary text for courses in the death penalty and special topics courses