The death penalty: Constitutional issues, commentaries, and case briefs, third edition

Scott Vollum, Rolando V. Del Carmen, Durant Frantzen, Claudia San Miguel, Kelly Cheeseman

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The Death Penalty, Third Edition, brings together all the legal issues related to the death penalty and provides case briefs for the most important United States Supreme Court death penalty cases. No other book available brings together a discussion of the major constitutional issues surrounding the death penalty with a broad array of associated case briefs. The authors classify cases according to legal issues and provide a commentary on the various sub-topics, presenting legal materials in an easily understood form. Though the primary audiences of the book are undergraduates in criminal justice programs and practitioners in the corrections and justice systems, the book will also prove useful to anyone who has an interest in the death penalty, the criminal justice system, or the United States Constitution. Every chapter starts with commentaries regarding general case law in a sub-topic, such as aggravating and mitigating factors, followed by a chart of the cases briefed in the chapter, and then the case briefs. These case briefs acquaint the reader with Supreme Court cases by summarizing facts, issues, reasons, and holdings. The Death Penalty, Third Edition, is a succinct, trusted guide to the law of capital punishment in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages355
ISBN (Electronic)9781315721293
ISBN (Print)9781455776337
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Sentencing and punishment


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