Friday, October 9, 2009
Linda Ross Meyer (Quinnipiac University School of Law) has posted Rituals of Death: The Meaning of Last Words and Last Meals on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper explores the meaning of rituals of last words and last meals in the context of the death penalty. It concludes that the rituals retain the ability to subvert the state's retributivist message, even while they are necessary to it.