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Spring 2010 - Capital Punishment

Owen, Robert C

Course ID: 278R  Unique # 28630  Credit Hours: 2
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Tuesday 3:30 pm - 5:20 pm TNH 2.137
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Final Monday, May 10    1:30 pm          A-Z

This course will examine some general jurisprudential and moral issues related to the American system of capital punishment.  The course will focus primarily on the development of the law regulating capital punishment in the United States since 1970.  Some of the main themes include:  the legal structure of the Supreme Court's post-1970 death penalty jurisprudence, the scope of available appellate and post-conviction review in capital cases (particularly federal habeas review), the ubiquitous problems surrounding the representation afforded indigent capital defendants, proportionality limits on the imposition of the death penalty for various offenders (e.g., juveniles and persons with mental retardation), and the role of racial discrimination in the administration of the death penalty.  The course will have a maximum of 30 students, 10-12 of whom will participate in the Capital Punishment Clinic.

The course will be graded on a letter-grade basis for all students, according to the standard grading scale.  The grade will be based on a final exam with adjustments for significant class participation.

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