Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States, 2d ed.

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About the Book

This updated encyclopedia provides ready information on all aspects of capital punishment in America. It details virtually every capital punishment decision rendered by the United States Supreme Court through 2006, including more than 40 cases decided since publication of the first edition. Entries are also provided for each Supreme Court Justice who has ever rendered a capital punishment opinion. Entries on jurisdictions cite present-day death penalty laws and judicial structure state by state, with synopses of common and unique features. Also included are entries on significant U.S. capital prosecutions; legal principles and procedures in capital cases; organizations that support and oppose capital punishment; capital punishment’s impact on persons of African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American descent, on women, and on foreign nationals; and the methods of execution. Essential facts are also provided on capital punishment in more than 200 other nations. A wealth of statistical data is found throughout.

About the Author(s)

Louis J. Palmer, Jr., former attorney for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, is the author of numerous reference works on criminal justice. He lives in Poinciana, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Louis J. Palmer, Jr.
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 631
Bibliographic Info: 251 photos, diagrams and tables, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020 [2008]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8369-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5183-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     viii

The Encyclopedia     1

Bibliography     601

Index     603

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Comprehensive”—Booklist

• “Useful…recommended”—Choice

• “Exceptionally comprehensive coverage…very useful”—ARBA

• “Anyone doing research in the subject will use this book…balanced…many useful details”—Public Library Quarterly

• “Brings together a wide range of statistics and information…contains entries for every capital punishment opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court through 1999”—C&RL News

• “Comprehensive…[a] fact-packed compendium…useful”—Lawrence Looks at Books