Remember Not to Forget Furman: A Response to Professor Smith

100 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 117 (2015)

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-44

9 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2015 Last revised: 22 Feb 2017

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Sam Kamin

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Justin F. Marceau

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: August 17, 2015

Abstract

Professor Robert J. Smith encourages readers, lawyers, and courts to forget Furman v. Georgia and to focus instead on death penalty challenges grounded in the diminished culpability of nearly all capital defendants. We applaud Professor Smith’s call to focus on the mental and emotional characteristics that reduce the blameworthiness of so many of those charged with capital crimes; recognizing diminished culpability as the rule rather than the exception among capital defendants conveys a reality that rarely finds its way into reported cases. We are troubled, however, by Professor Smith’s call to “forget Furman.” We believe the title and the article’s efforts to undermine Furman-based challenges disserve Professor Smith’s principal goal — addressing the United States’ broken death penalty system.

Suggested Citation

Kamin, Sam and Marceau, Justin F., Remember Not to Forget Furman: A Response to Professor Smith (August 17, 2015). 100 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 117 (2015); U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2646165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2646165

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Justin F. Marceau

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

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Denver, CO 80208
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