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eBook Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) ePub

by David M. Oshinsky

  • ISBN: 0700617116
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: David M. Oshinsky
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (April 14, 2010)
  • Pages: 158
  • ePub book: 1692 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1176 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 440

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Oshinsky shows how modern death penalty law is chaotic (if not .

Oshinsky shows how modern death penalty law is chaotic (if not incoherent) owing in part to cracks in its foundation. -Journal of Southern History. Like the others in the Landmark Law Cases and American Society series, this book will prompt lively discussion among students in American legal history courses and among educated general readers. -Stuart Banner, author of The Death Penalty: An American History.

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Its existence can be traced to the beginning of the American colonies. The United States is the only developed Western. The United States is the only developed Western nation that applies the death penalty regularly. It is one of 54 countries worldwide applying it, and was the first to develop lethal injection as a method of execution, which has since been adopted by five other countries.

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The case, one of four that, taken together, became known as Furman v. Georgia, led to a de facto four-year moratorium on all executions in the . He details the use of the death penalty in the .

Career criminal William Furman shot and killed a homeowner during a 1967 burglary in Savannah, Georgia. Because it was a "black-on-white" crime in the racially troubled South, it also was an open-and-shut case.

The author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who is the holder of the Jack S. Blanton Chair at the University of Texas and a visiting professor at New York University, discusses the debates and controversy surrounding the case of Furman v. Georgia, including a focus on the issues of racial prejudice and arbitrariness.

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In his first book since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Polio: An American Story, renowned historian David Oshinsky takes a new and closer look at the Supreme Court's controversial and much-debated stances on capital punishment-in the landmark case of Furman v. Georgia.Career criminal William Furman shot and killed a homeowner during a 1967 burglary in Savannah, Georgia. Because it was a "black-on-white" crime in the racially troubled South, it also was an open-and-shut case. The trial took less than a day, and the nearly all-white jury rendered a death sentence. Aided by the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, Furman's African-American attorney, Bobby Mayfield, doggedly appealed the verdict all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1972 overturned Furman's sentence by a narrow 5-4 vote, ruling that Georgia's capital punishment statute, and by implication all other state death-penalty laws, was so arbitrary and capricious as to violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment." Furman effectively, if temporarily, halted capital punishment in the United States. Every death row inmate across the nation was resentenced to life in prison. The decision, however, did not rule the death penalty per se to be unconstitutional; rather, it struck down the laws that currently governed its application, leaving the states free to devise new ones that the Court might find acceptable. And this is exactly what happened. In the coming years, the Supreme Court would uphold an avalanche of state legislation endorsing the death penalty. Capital punishment would return stronger than ever, with many more defendants sentenced to death and eventually executed.Oshinsky demonstrates the troubling roles played by race and class and region in capital punishment. And he concludes by considering the most recent Supreme Court death-penalty cases involving minors and the mentally ill, as well as the impact of international opinion. Compact and engaging, Oshinsky's masterful study reflects a gift for empathy, an eye for the telling anecdote and portrait, and a talent for clarifying the complex and often confusing legal issues surrounding capital punishment.

Comments

Kelezel Kelezel
Great!
The_NiGGa The_NiGGa
Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty really open up the law as mosy states look at Capital Punishment
olgasmile olgasmile
I was interested in reading about the Furman vs. Georgia case... it was hardly mentioned. Placing this case featured on the book's cover is a sham. After reading about 25 pages and then scanning the book to see there were virtually no references to Furman vs. Georgia, I closed the book and never opened it again.