The Death Penalty in America (2600)

This course examines the United States Supreme Court's death penalty jurisprudence since the late 1960s, with particular emphasis on the development of the Court's 8th Amendment 'death is different' jurisprudence. Potential topics to be covered include: theories of justice and of punishment; structure and constitutionality of capital sentencing schemes; aggravating and mitigating circumstances; juveniles; race; the mentally retarded; the mentally ill; innocence; evidentiary issues (e.g., victim impact evidence); methods of execution; political dimensions of advocacy; and executive clemency. 

It is strongly recommended that students have taken Criminal Procedure (2600) or Constitutional Law (2060) before taking this class.

Course Details

  • Credits: 2