Lightning Still Strikes: Evidence from the Popular Press That Death Sentencing Continues to Be Unconstitutionally Arbitrary More Than Three Decades after Furman

75 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

After explaining what the results of a non-arbitrary capital punishment system might look like, the author examines 535 cases from 2004 — 142 death sentences, 102 cases in which sentencers spared defendants from death sentences, and 323 cases in which prosecutors spared defendants from death sentences — and concludes that death sentences are still arbitrary more than thirty years after Furman v. Georgia.

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McCord, David, Lightning Still Strikes: Evidence from the Popular Press That Death Sentencing Continues to Be Unconstitutionally Arbitrary More Than Three Decades after Furman (2006). Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 71, No. 2, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989969

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