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A Capital Case in America

How Today's Justice System Handles Death Penalty Cases

David Crump and George Jacobs
eISBN-13: 9781531011079

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A Capital Case in America examines how Americans handle their most serious murder cases by telling the stories of six actual death penalty crimes and trials. It re-creates the six murders themselves, as well as the investigations, prosecutions, defenses, and aftermaths.

A Capital Case in America will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in true crimes and a valuable resource to criminal justice professionals and students. It studies such investigative devices as searches, confessions, and lineups, as well as the adversarial roles of the lawyers on both sides.

Crump and Jacobs consider the arguments for and against the death penalty against the background of the six cases. A final series of chapters tells what happened to each of the defendants, with parole eligibility dates for those who received life sentences and execution protocols for those who did not. The reader is left to contemplate two related questions: Can the sentences of these defendants be justified? Can justice be done without capital punishment?

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 0890897298, 9780890897294, 1531011071, 9781531011079
Language English
Number of Pages 288