Book Review - Race and the Death Penalty: The Legacy of McCleskey v. Kemp

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers Law School, September 2016

2 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2016 Last revised: 28 Oct 2017

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Tim Lyman

Northeastern University, Institute for Security and Public Policy at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date Written: August 30, 2016

Abstract

This timely and multifarious view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1987 McCleskey decision rejecting the legendary Baldus study’s rigorous demonstration of discrimination in the state of Georgia comprises 11 articles by 14 authors citing 42 U.S. Supreme Court decisions and nearly 400 papers, articles and studies. The 11 articles here ‒ four overviews, two studies, and five essays ‒ cover the many facets of the decision in a book as well-indexed as it is well-cited, allowing the reader to easily drill-down into areas of interest.

Keywords: Race, Death Penalty, McCleskey, Baldus, US Supreme Court, cruel, unusual, capricious, arbitrary

JEL Classification: K14, K42, Y3

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, Book Review - Race and the Death Penalty: The Legacy of McCleskey v. Kemp (August 30, 2016). Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers Law School, September 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2831535

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