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Book Reviews: Death By Design: Capital Punishment As A Social Psychological System and DNA : Forensic And Legal Applications

By Andrea D. Lyon; Herald Price Fahringer; Erica T. Dubno

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Death By Design: Capital Punishment As A Social Psychological System

By Dr. Craig Haney
Not yet published (due July 15, 2005) $35; 352 pages
Reviewed Andrea D. Lyon

This is an important book. The way Gideon’s Trumpet was important to our understanding of the right of the poor to have representation, this is an important book. The way that Attorney for the Damned was important to our understanding of Clarence Darrow and all that he stood for, this is an important book. For anyone interested in the myriad issues associated with the death penalty  — this is a must read.

Dr. Haney has been studying the death penalty for 25 years. He has looked at how juries make decisions, the impact of mitigation on verdicts, the impact of the media on capital punishment, and many other issues. He has done this in rigorous peer-reviewed journals, and many of us who defend capital cases have made great use of his and his colleagues’ work in our practices.
In this one book,

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