Annotations of: DEATH WORK: A STUDY OF THE MODERN EXECUTION PROCESS. By Robert Johnson. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1990; DEATH & DISCRIMINATION: RACIAL DISPARITIES IN CAPITAL SENTENCING. By Samuel R. Gross and Robert Mauro. Boston, Massachusetts: North-eastern University
Since its inception in 1970, the Review of Law & Social Change has hosted a series of symposia and colloquia on topics which its members have considered timely and important. These events, which bring together leading aca- demics and practitioners,
Discussion of the Teague v. Lane's new rule on retroactivity in criminal cases and its effect on past criminal cases.
Examination of the of the increasing time limitations on death row inmate's ability to file habease corpus petitions.
Examines parameters within which defense counsel can argue that a prosecutor's closing statement establishes grounds for reversing a death sentence.
Argues the necessity of public education and exposure of capital trials in order to educate the public regarding the injustice of the death penalty.
Examination of inadequacy of state and federal level checks on preventing factual inaccuracies resulting in wrongful executions.
Examination of if Teague and its exceptions continue to protect the innocent defendant as do the rules pertaining to abuse of the writ and procedural default.
Examination of the declining use of executive clemency in capital cases.
Exploration of reasons for and possible explanations regarding the growing public support for the death penalty.
Discussion regarding the inadequacy of counsel provided to defendants i capital cases.
Discussion of the scope and availability of habeas corpus defenses to capital case defendants in light of recent Supreme Court decisions.
Overview of reasons for choosing the death penalty as the subject of the colloquium.
Other Issues in this Volume
- Ambivalence in State Capital Punishment Policy: An Empirical Sounding
- More Than Slightly Retro: The Rehnquist Court's Rout of Habeas Corpus Jurisdiction in Teague v. Lane
- The Great Writ in Action: Empirical Light on the Federal Habeas Corpus Debate
- Is Racism Irrelevant? Or Should the Fairness in Death Sentencing Act Be Enacted to Substantially Diminish Racial Discrimination in Capital Sentencing?
- A Family Like any Other Family: Alternative Methods of Defining Family in Law
- Classical Nostalgia: Racism, Contract Ideology, and Formalist Legal Reasoning in Patterson v. McLean Credit Union
- Woman Behind the Blindfold: Toward a Feminist Reconstruction of Rawls' Theory of Justice, The
- Tax Glasnost for Millionaires: Peeking behind the Veil of Ignorance along the Publicity-Privacy Continuum