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Title:
A capital case in America : how today's justice system handles death penalty cases from crime scene to ultimate execution of sentence
Author:
Crump, David.
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Publication Information:
Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780890897294
Format :
Book

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Everyone seems to have a well-formed opinion about what should happen to murderers, but beyond those who work in the criminal justice system or have an active interest in it, very few know what happens once a murder occurs and the criminal justice system is set in motion. Crump (law, Univ. of Houston) and Jacobs (attorney) describe what happens in a capital case from "the offense and the arrest" to "the aftermath." The authors examine the process from beginning to end and analyze specific cases. In the foreword Crump states that he does not favor the death penalty, but when, as a prosecutor, he had to ask a jury to bring in a punishment of death, he did not find the task as difficult as he had imagined it to be. Why? Perhaps because those few who commit offenses that statutorily sanction the death penalty have committed truly despicable murders. The book may not change minds, but readers will never think about the death penalty as they once did. Murder is a gruesome, perhaps unforgivable affair, but the death penalty is no bargain. Crump and Jacobs make it possible to see the other side of the story as well. Highly recommended for undergraduates and public library patrons interested in the capital punishment process. M. A. Foley Marywood University