Barry Latzer JD Ph.D. Death Penalty Cases

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Death Penalty Cases

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Death Penalty Cases provides an unbiased collection of seminal death penalty cases in the United States. It offers full but carefully edited excerpts from 25 different US Supreme Court cases along with helpful introductory materials specially prepared by the editor. It also includes the latest statistical data on capital punishment [and a useful sampling of death penalty statutes]. Together, this material is invaluable for a full understanding of this fascinating subject.

Without taking sides on this controversial issue, the author illuminates the arguments and presents the cases that form the framework for US law on capital punishment. The keen selection of the material and the quality and extent of the commentary make this unique textbook a superb resource and an outstanding educational tool.

* Carefully edited excerpts from 25 landmark US Supreme Court cases
* Outstanding original interpretation and analysis from the author
* A wealth of impartial material on ethics and historical controversies

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BARRY LATZER is Professor of Government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a member of the Ph.D. and M.A. faculties in Criminal Justice at the Graduate School and University Center. He received a law degree (J.D.) from Fordham University (1985) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1977). Professor Latzer is also known for his work on state constitutional law, which is the subject of two of his books, State Constitutional Criminal Law (Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, 1995), and State Constitutions and Criminal Justice (Greenwood, 1991). He has published over two dozen scholarly articles and writes a continuing series of articles for the Criminal Law Bulletin, entitled "State Constitutional Developments."

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The volume remains a casebook in essential form and content. ..Death Penalty Cases remains a compact and eminently useful collection of leading United States Supreme Court cases on the subject of capital punishment. ...those looking to introduce their students to the major Supreme Court decisions addressing death penalty issues over the last three decades will find Latzer's second edition to be even handier and more useful than the first edition. - The Law and Politics Book Review

Latzer has done a wonderful job of editing many of the most important Supreme Court decisions on the death penalty over the past 30 years. He begins with a good introduction of the law and capital punishment... This introduction provides those unfamiliar with constitutional and philosophical debates about the death penalty sufficient information to comprehend the substantive debates as they have played out in the Supreme Court. A useful "editor's comment" on the case if offered for most of the cases. Very highly recommended for general collections. - CHOICE

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