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Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty

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"How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection," wrote Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion that denied review of a Texas death penalty case. But is it quiet? Renewed and vigorous debate over the death penalty has erupted as DNA testing has proven that many on death row are in fact innocent. In this debate, however, the guilty have been forgotten. In his new book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, renowned legal scholar Austin Sarat describes just how unquiet death by execution can be. If we assume a death row prisoner is guilty, how can we be sure that we are fulfilling the Supreme Court's mandate to ensure that his execution is "the mere extinguishment of life" and not a cruel and unusual punishment?Gruesome Spectacles is a history of botched, mismanaged, and painful executions in the U.S. from 1890

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Author Austin Sarat
Binding Hardcover
Condition New
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9780804789165
Publisher Stanford Law Books

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