Empirical Studies Contribute to Death Penalty Debate
Nevada Lawyer, July, 2002
3 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2002
At a time of renewed scrutiny of capital punishment, Nevada lawyers may be interested in some of the recent legal scholarship on the death penalty based on social science data, rather than on legal philosophy or constitutional theory. Three projects are of particular interest: Professor James Liebman's work on errors in death penalty cases; the National Jury Project's data about how jurors decide capital cases; and David Baldus' recent study of peremptory challenges in capital cases.
Keywords: empirical, scientific, death penalty, cost, reversal, utility
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