The Unusualness of Capital Punishment
Louis D. Bilionis
University of Cincinnati College of Law
May 1, 2010
Ohio North University Law Review, Vol. 26, p. 601, 2000
U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 10-19
From the short view, this is not a joyous period for opponents of the death penalty. From the long view, however, there is a chance that this new chapter could prove brighter for the abolitionist cause. There are reasons to think so, and this paper explores them. There is a tremendous amount of public criticism of capital punishment these days — some would say an unprecedented amount. Calling attention to the fallibility of the system is the opening wedge of the critique, but its deepest and broadest cuts strike at a different point: the extraordinary unusualness of the death penalty as practiced in America.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: capital punishment, unusual, Eighth Amendment
JEL Classification: K14, K19, K42, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 27, 2010 ; Last revised: May 1, 2010
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