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236 sec. 1 - Capital Punishment and the Constitution Seminar (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Tim Foley  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 107

Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49634

The course offers an overview of federal constitutional law governing the death penalty, focusing primarily on the jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court and the interpretation of the Eighth Amendment. We will consider the following topics: early challenges to the death penalty; different statutory attempts to enact constitutional death penalty schemes; execution of those who commit non-homicide crimes, juveniles, the mentally retarded, and the insane; the effect of race on the administration of capital punishment; jury selection in capital cases; the roles of the defendant, defense counsel, the prosecutor, and the trial judge; methods of execution; and clemency proceedings.

The course will offer guest speakers and there will be an emphasis on class discussion. Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to be prepared for class and participate in a critical discussion of the assigned readings and judicial opinions.

The course is designed for students, regardless of their views about the death penalty, who generally wish to learn more about the application of capital punishment in the United States, and methods of constitutional interpretation. The course will be particularly useful for students who are interested in a career in criminal law.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Criminal Law

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Required Books are in blue

  • Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty, 3d
    Nina Rivkind, Steven F. Shatz,
    Edition: 2009
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9780314199560
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $194.00
    Price Source: user provided

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