Death Penalty in America Class

LAW 4051: The Death Penalty in America

J.H. Blume, S.L. Johnson
Spring ’14. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade.

The death penalty has gotten increased media attention due to high-profile death row exonerations, and has long been under siege for other reasons, such as racial disparities in its imposition and the prevalence of very poor representation by defense counsel. This course surveys the legal and social issues that arise in the administration of the death penalty. The reading will be largely comprised of reported death penalty cases, but will be augmented by a variety of other sources, including empirical studies of the death penalty and the litigation experience of the professors. Although the focus will be on capital punishment as practiced in the United States, we will also consider international and comparative perspectives. Guest speakers will provide a range of views, and law students with experience working on capital cases will lead discussion sections. Speakers will include an exonerated death row inmate and lawyers from both sides.
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Please use Student Center to request classes for the spring '14 semester during the add/drop period.