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March 2007 , Page 49 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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Death Penalty

Susan D. Rozelle, The Principled Executioner: Capital Juries Bias and the Benefits of True Bifurcation, 38 Arizona Law Journal 769 (2006):

Death penalty cases are different from other cases handled by criminal defense practitioners. In this article, Professor Susan Rozelle focuses on one important difference — the way prospective jurors are questioned.

This article provides an incredible overview of many of the studies pertaining to the jury selection process and specifically addresses data from the Capital Jury Project. Professor Rozelle advocates for reform of the process of picking jurors in capital cases. She states that “the unitary jury requirement should be abandoned in favor of true bifurcation.”


Frederika A. Kaestle, Ricky A. Kittles, Andrea L. Roth, & Edward J. Ungvarsky, Database Limitations on the Evidentiary Value of Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Evidence, 43 American Criminal Law Review 53 (2006):

With the increased use of mitochondrial

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