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236 sec. 001 - Capital Punishment and the Constitution Seminar (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Ryan Richard Davis  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 115
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32463

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 27
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 28
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

In this course, we will examine the death penalty as imposed and regulated in the United States, primarily through a close reading of opinions from the United States Supreme Court, with a focus on Eighth Amendment jurisprudence and other legal doctrines pertaining to aggravating and mitigating circumstances, proportionality principles, penalty-phase procedures, and other relevant topics. We will also touch on the post-conviction process, including federal habeas corpus and the United States Supreme Court's interpretation of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The course is designed for students who, regardless of their views about the death penalty, want to learn more about the application of capital punishment in the United States and relevant legal principles.

None required, but criminal procedure is recommended.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty
    Nina Rivkind, Steven Shatz
    Edition: 4th ed., 2016
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781634590419
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $258.00
    Price Source: user provided

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