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Victim Gender and the Death Penalty


Caisa E. Royer


Cornell University

Amelia Courtney Hritz


Cornell University

Valerie P. Hans


Cornell University - School of Law

Theodore Eisenberg


Cornell University - Law School

Martin T. Wells


Cornell University - School of Law

John H. Blume III


Cornell University - Law School

Sheri Lynn Johnson


Cornell Law School

2014

University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 2, 2014
Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05

Abstract:     
Previous research suggests that cases involving female victims are more likely to result in death sentences. The current study examines possible reasons for this relationship using capital punishment data from the state of Delaware. Death was sought much more for murders of either male or female white victims compared to murders of black male victims. Analyzing capital sentencing hearings in Delaware from 1977-2007 decided by judges or juries, we found that both characteristics of the victims and characteristics of the murders differentiated male and female victim cases. The presence of sexual victimization, the method of killing, the relationship between the victim and the defendant, and whether or not the victim had family responsibilities all predicted the likelihood of a death sentence and help to explain why cases with female victims are more likely to be punished with a death sentence.

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Date posted: March 25, 2014 ; Last revised: June 11, 2014

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Royer, Caisa E. and Hritz, Amelia Courtney and Hans, Valerie P. and Eisenberg, Theodore and Wells, Martin T. and Blume, John H. and Johnson, Sheri Lynn, Victim Gender and the Death Penalty (2014). University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 2, 2014; Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2402355

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Caisa E. Royer (Contact Author)
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Amelia Courtney Hritz
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Valerie P. Hans
Cornell University - School of Law ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-0095 (Phone)
Theodore Eisenberg
Cornell University - Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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Martin T. Wells
Cornell University - School of Law ( email )
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Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-8801 (Phone)
John H. Blume III
Cornell University - Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Sheri Lynn Johnson
Cornell Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-6478 (Phone)
607-255-7193 (Fax)
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