Not Wiser

by Leigh Buchanan Bienen (2006)

Is the death penalty dying? This autobiographical essay offers observations on the application of capital punishment in three very different legal jurisdictions at three different time periods when, partially by happenstance and partially by design, she was a homicide researcher, a participant and an observer of- profound changes in the jurisdiction’s application of the death penalty.

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  • Abstract (p. 1)
  • Introduction (p. 3)
  • Illustrative Case No. 1 - Nigeria and the Armed Robbery Tribunal in 1972-1973 (p. 4)
  • Illustrative Case No. 2 - New Jersey, 1980-1992 (p. 10)
  • Illustrative Case No. 3 - Illinois, 1998-2003 (p. 23)
  • Is the Death Penalty Dying? - The Unexpected Momentum of the Lethal Injection Cases (p. 33)
  • Conclusion and Summary (p. 43)
  • References (p. 48)
  • Footnotes (p. 56)