Ultimate Punishment

Ultimate Punishment

A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing With the Death Penalty

Book - 2003 | First edition.
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America's leading writer about the law takes a close, incisive look at one of society's most vexing legal issues Scott Turow is known to millions as the author of peerless novels about the troubling regions of experience where law and reality intersect. In "real life," as a respected criminal lawyer, he has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, he provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment, analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.This gripping, clear-sighted, necessary examination of the principles, the personalities, and the politics of a fundamental dilemma of our democracy has all the drama and intellectual substance of Turow's celebrated fiction.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2003]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780374128739
0374128731
Branch Call Number: 345.730773 TUR
Characteristics: 164 pages ;,19 cm

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As a Canadian reader I found the book interesting but not relevant to my values and experience of society. There is no discussion of 'root cause' of all this violence that necessitates the death penalty in the USA.

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