John D. Bessler

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Visiting Associate Professor

1420 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

United States

http://law.ubalt.edu/

Georgetown University Law Center

Adjunct Professor

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

United States

http://www.law.georgetown.edu/

University of Baltimore School of Law

Visiting Associate Professor

1420 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

United States

http://law.ubalt.edu/

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (15)

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Revisiting Beccaria’s Vision: The Enlightenment, America’s Death Penalty, and the Abolition Movement

Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 195-328, Fall 2009
Number of pages: 134 Posted: 23 Jan 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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death penalty, abolition, abolitionist movement, reform, Cesare Beccaria, Enlightenment, torture, execution, capital punishment, international, internet,history,eighth amendment,lethal injection,habeas corpus, Guantanamo detainees,court,cruel & unusual, retentionist, crimes, sentencing, criminology

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Foreword: The Death Penalty in Decline: From Colonial America to the Present

Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 50, No 2, 2014, pp. 245-262, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-07
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 12 Sep 2014 Last Revised: 20 May 2015
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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death penalty, capital punishment, legal history, criminal law, sentences, sentencing, English law, United States, William Penn, Cesare Beccaria, Enlightenment, Founding Fathers, penal system, penitentiary system

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Tinkering Around the Edges: The Supreme Court's Death Penalty Jurisprudence

American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 4, Fall 2012, pp. 1913-1943, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-20
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 30 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 09 Oct 2013
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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death penalty, capital punishment, Supreme Court, legal history, Eighth Amendent, cruel and unusual punishment clause, American Bar Association, ABA, executions, penitentiaries, Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments

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The Italian Enlightenment and the American Revolution: Cesare Beccaria's Forgotten Influence on American Law

Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2017, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 2017-12
Number of pages: 185 Posted: 19 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 22 Apr 2017
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Italian Enlightenment, American Revolution, anti-death penalty, criminal law, capital punishment

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Televised Executions and the Constitution: Recognizing a First Amendment Right of Access to State Executions

Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 355-435, August 1993
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 04 Feb 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Media Access, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Television, Constitutionality, Filming of Executions, Statutes, Legal Challenges, First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, Case Law, Eighth Amendment

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America's Death Penalty: Just Another Form of Violence

Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Vol. 82, No. 1, pp. 13-17, Winter 2002
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 01 Feb 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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death penalty, capital punishment, 9/11, terrorism, violence, World Trade Center, September 11 attacks, quality of legal representation, criminal law, federal law, public safety, life-without-parole sentences, government as role model

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The Anomaly of Executions: The Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause in the 21st Century

British Journal of American Legal Studies, Vol. 2, 2013, pp. 297-451, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-06
Number of pages: 156 Posted: 17 Oct 2013 Last Revised: 23 Jan 2014
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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capital punishment, death penalty, Eighth Amendment, Supreme Court, cruel and unusual punishment, executions, corporal punishment, legal history, Fourteenth Amendment, constitutional law

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In the Spirit of Ubuntu: Enforcing the Rights of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 33-113, Winter 2008
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 23 Jan 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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South Africa, ubuntu, jurisprudence, orphans, vulnerable children, human rights, HIV, AIDS, Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, socio-economic rights, Constitutional Court of South Africa, legal advocates. legal representation, legal strategies

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The Botched Hanging of William Williams: How Too Much Rope and Minnesota's Newspapers Brought an End to the Death Penalty in Minnesota

The Rake, Vol. 3, No. 25, p. 26, March 2004
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 13 Feb 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Minnesota history, capital punishment, death penalty, hanging, newspapers, media, William Williams, legal history, criminal law, criminal procedure

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The Public Interest and the Unconstitutionality of Private Prosecutors

Arkansas Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 511-602, 1994
Number of pages: 93 Posted: 11 Feb 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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private prosecutors, history, prosecutorial ethics, constitutional rights, defendants, due process principles, impropriety, Young v. United States ex rel. Vuitton et Fils S.A.,

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The Abolitionist Movement Comes of Age: From Capital Punishment as a Lawful Sanction to a Peremptory, International Law Norm Barring Executions

79 Montana Law Review 7 (2018), University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 2018-07
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 09 Apr 2018 Last Revised: 16 Oct 2018
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Death Penalty, Capital Punishment

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The Inequality of America's Death Penalty: A Crossroads for Capital Punishment at the Intersection of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments

73 Washington and Lee Law Review Online 487 (2016), University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 2017-11
Number of pages: 86 Posted: 19 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 22 Apr 2017
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Capital Punishment, Constitutional Law, slavery, discrimination, Eighth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment

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In Closing

Baltimore Law: The Magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Fall 2014, p. 32.
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 19 Oct 2014
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Cesare Beccaria, Founding Fathers, capital punishment, torture, death penalty, John Adams, executions, legal history, murder, life-without-parole, Deep South

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The 'Midnight Assassination Law' and Minnesota's Anti-Death Penalty Movement, 1849-1911

William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 577-730, 1996
Number of pages: 155 Posted: 09 Apr 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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capital punishment, death penalty, Minnesota, history, executions, Midnight Assassination Law, John Day Smith, botched hangings, Minnesota Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court, William Williams, lynch mobs, frontier justice, newspaper reporting, freedom of the press,

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Injustice Casts Shadow on History of State Executions

Star Tribune, December 2003
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 01 Feb 2011
John D. Bessler
University of Baltimore - School of Law
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Minnesota, history, death penalty, capital punishment, executions, arbitrariness, racial discrimination, injustice, Native Americans, Dakota Indians, Ann Bilansky, Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, Elias Clayton, Chaska, William Williams