By Herbert H. Haines
Outfitted on in-depth interviews with flow leaders and the files of key abolitionist enterprises, this paintings strains the fight opposed to capital punishment within the usa when you consider that 1972. Haines experiences the felony battles that resulted in the short-lived suspension of the loss of life penalty and examines the following conservative flip within the courts that has pressured loss of life penalty rivals to count much less on litigation concepts and extra on political motion. making use of social flow thought, he diagnoses the explanations of the anti-death penalty movement's lack of ability to mobilize common competition to executions, and he makes pointed options for bettering its effectiveness. For this variation Haines has incorporated a brand new Afterword during which he summarizes advancements within the stream considering 1994.
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Additional info for Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994
Did increases in the availability of such resources precede escalations in the amount and intensity of anti-death penalty protest (lobbying, litigation, and demonstrating) by abolitionists during the post-Furman v. Georgia era as resource mobilization theory predicts? Or was the relationship between funding, membership, and activity levels more complex? What have been the sources of funding for ADP organizations, and have funding sources constrained the way in which capital punishment has been contested over the past two decades?
In the weeks leading up to the momentous date, the LDF team had refined its Eighth Amendment claim based on suggestions Amsterdam had solicited from a wide array of allies. The core of the team's arguments that day was that the death penalty, as administered in the second half of the twentieth century, was inconsistent with evolving standards of decency. Modern sensibilities had resulted in far less frequent application of the penalty. Concern had increased over the possibility of tragic errors in death sentencing, as had demands that rigorous standards of due process be set up in capital cases.
There were two parts to this strategy. One involved a concerted assault on racial discrimination in death sentencing and the other pertained to selected trial procedures in capital cases. Racial Discrimination in Southern Rape Cases The racial angle was a natural outgrowth of the LDF's primary mission. It was common knowledge to any attorney working in the South that death sentences there were not meted out in a color-blind fashion. Rather, black defendants were much more likely to be condemned when their victims were white, and especially when the charge was rape.
Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994 by Herbert H. Haines