The Death Penalty

Constitutional Issues, Commentaries and Case Briefs


  • Rolando del Carmen
  • Scott Vollum
  • Kelly Cheeseman
  • Durant Frantzen
  • Claudia San Miguel

Bringing together the major death penalty cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the legal issues related to the death penalty, this text classifies the cases according to legal issues, provides commentary on the general case law, provides a chart of the cases discussed, and then presents the legal materials in an understandable, easy-to-digest case brief format.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-1-59345-575-0

Table of Contents

"Top Ten" Most Significant Death Penalty Cases

1. The Death Penalty: Past and Present

2. The Foundation Cases: Furman v. Georgia and Gregg v. Georgia

3. Racial Discrimination and the Death Penalty

4. The Mentally Impaired and the Death Penalty

5. Death Penalty for Juveniles

6. Juries, Jurors, and the Death Penalty

7. The Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel and the Death Penalty

8. Due Process and the Death Penalty

9. Aggravating and Mitigating Factors in Death Penalty Cases

10. Appeals, Habeas Corpus, and the Death Penalty

11. Evolving Standards of Decency and the Eighth Amendment’s Ban on Cruel and Unusual Punishment

12. Other Issues, Trends, and the Future of the Death Penalty