20th Century with Mike Wallace - Life or Death: A Battle Over Capital Punishment [VHS]

 
9780767004954: 20th Century with Mike Wallace - Life or Death: A Battle Over Capital Punishment [VHS]
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" In 1968, no one was put to death in America. But in 1995, more than 200 death row prisoners made the long walk to the killing chamber. What is behind the stunning renaissance of capital punishment? Why, as the 20th century draws to a close, does America find itself in the distinguished company of such civilized and democratic nations as Iraq, China and Iran? Host Mike Wallace traces the legal odyssey of the past 30 years in this comprehensive examination of the current state of capital punishment in America. Interviews with advocates on both sides of the issue and legal historians show how the debate about the suitability of the death penalty in a civilized society blew up into a metaphor for crime and violence in America. Explore the firestorm surrounding the Supreme Court's 1972 ruling outlawing the death penalty, the rush by states to install a new law acceptable to the court, and the famous cases of Gary Gilmore, John Spenkelink and Ted Bundy. It's a penetrating, unflinching look at one of the most emotional debates in society today."

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