Spring 1997, Volume XII, Number 2
The Death Penalty
Conclusion and Participants List
Editor: I wish to thank all of the contributors for a stimulating, informative, and frank exchange of perspectives on the death penalty across a wide range of topics. It is clear from the Forum that there are not just two, but many, points of view on capital punishment as a matter of scholarship, public policy and teaching. Special thanks to the members of the Focus Editorial Board for the development of this Forum.
James Acker is Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222; he is coauthor of a series of articles analyzing capital punishment legislation in the Criminal Law Bulletin and coeditor of a forthcoming book, America's Experiment With Capital Punishment: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction (Carolina Academic Press).
Dane Archer is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; he is coauthor (with Rosemary Gartner) of Violence and Crime in Cross-National Perspective (Yale University Press, 1987) and has also done international research on the effects of firearm legislation.
David Baldus is Professor of Law at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242; he and his colleagues have conducted empirically-based studies of arbitrariness and discrimination in the application of the death penalty in several states, the results of which are partly summarized in Equal Justice and the Death Penalty (1990).
Leigh Bienen is Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208; her most recent research on the death penalty, "The Proportionality Review of Capital Cases by State High Courts: Only the Appearance of Justice'," appeared in 87 Journal of Criminology and Criminal Law 130 (1997).
James Coleman is Professor of Law at Duke University, Durham, NC 27706; he is an officer (Secretary) of the Council of the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and actively participated in efforts to secure adoption of ABA Resolution 107 on the death penalty (see page 2).
Shari Diamond is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607; and Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611; her published research on the death penalty includes empirical studies of jury comprehension of death penalty instructions, reactions to prospects of alternative punishments in capital cases, and the use of expert predictions of dangerousness in deciding whether to sentence a defendant to death.
John McAdams is Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201; he has published articles on a variety of public policies, including on the death penalty for the Marquette Law Review.
Austin Sarat is Professor and Chair of the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002; he is currently studying the judging process in capital cases and lawyers who specialize in representing persons on death row. He is writing Lawyers for the Condemned and Capital Punishment in Law and Culture, both to be published by Oxford University Press.
Spring 1997 Issue Home | The Death Penalty: A Scholarly Forum
Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty | Race and the Death Penalty
Victims and the Death Penalty | Purposes of the Death Penalty
Teaching about the Death Penalty | Conclusion and Participants List
Unedited Death Penalty Forum
ABA Calls for Moratorium | Policy, Statistics, and Public Opinion
Multidisciplinary Teaching about the Death Penalty
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