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Book Review: Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions
By Mary Kelly Tate
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Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions
By Richard A. Stack
Potomac Books (2013)
Richard A. Stack’s Grave Injustice is a significant contribution to the academic and popular discourse surrounding the death penalty in the United States of America. Stack, a member of the faculty at the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., deftly exposes the crumbling moral, philosophical and legal foundations undergirding the death penalty system.
Grave Injustice is a highly readable study for anybody interested in a thoughtful, but critical examination of the death penalty in modern America. Stack reveals capital punishment as a broken, largely symbolic relic at odds with the very essence of a pluralistic democracy. In a boon for both his audience and the cause he so clearly cares about, the book is not burdened with ideological rancor. Stack writes very well. His sensitivity to intellectual nuance and humanistic detail combine to make reading this book a
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