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Imprisoned by the Past: Warren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Abstract

This book recounts the history of the American death penalty and connects that history to the case of Warren McCleskey. By highlighting the relation between American history and an individual case, it provides a unique understanding of the big picture of capital punishment in the context of a compelling human story. McCleskey’s criminal law case resulted in one of the most important Supreme Court cases in U.S. legal history, where the Court confronted evidence of racial discrimination in the administration of capital punishment. The case marks the last time that the Supreme Court realistically ... More

Keywords: death penalty, capital punishment, Warren McCleskey, race, legal history, criminal law, constitutional law, American history, United States, execution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier, author
CUNY School of Law, Flushing, NY, USA

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