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Monday, February 11, 2013

Goelzhauser on Budget Allocations and Local Death Charging Decisions

Greg Goelzhauser (Utah State University - Department of Political Science) has posted Prosecutorial Discretion under Resource Constraints: Budget Allocations and Local Death Charging Decisions (Judicature, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Do prosecutorial resource constraints influence death-charging decisions? Prosecutors typically contend that death-charging decisions are made independent of budget considerations, and the limited empirical evidence supports this view. Using new data on death-charging decisions from 301 prosecutorial districts across 34 states, the results presented here suggest that the conventional wisdom is wrong. The probability of facing a death charge is higher in prosecutorial districts with larger budgets. The results inform our understanding of the politics of prosecutorial behavior and the policy debate over capital punishment.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Top-Ten Recent SSRN Downloads

Ssrn logoin criminal law and procedure ejournals are here. The usual disclaimers apply.

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 11800 Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime 
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
University of Tennessee College of Law, 
Date posted to database: January 20, 2013 
2 414 Grading the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guidance 
Mike Koehler
Southern Illinois University School of Law, 
Date posted to database: December 14, 2012 
3 390 Oasis or Mirage: The Supreme Court's Thirst for Dictionaries in the Rehnquist and Roberts Eras 
James J. BrudneyLawrence Baum
Fordham University - School of Law, Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science, 
Date posted to database: January 2, 2013 
4 237 Peeking Behind the Plea Bargaining Process
Laurie L. Levenson
Loyola Law School Los Angeles, 
Date posted to database: December 11, 2012 
5 212 Unregulated Internal Investigations: Achieving Fairness for Corporate Constituents 
Bruce A. GreenEllen S. Podgor
Fordham University School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, 
Date posted to database: December 6, 2012
6 212 Eyewitness Memory for People and Events (Chapter 25) 
Gary L. WellsElizabeth F. Loftus
Iowa State University, Department of Psychology , University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, 
Date posted to database: January 17, 2013 
7 171 What is Philosophy of Criminal Law? 
Youngjae Lee
Fordham University School of Law, 
Date posted to database: December 16, 2012
8 140 Narrative, Truth & Trial 
Lisa Kern Griffin
Duke University - School of Law, 
Date posted to database: December 16, 2012 [10th last week]
9 139 Review of Patricia S. Churchland, 'Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality' 
John Mikhail
Georgetown University - Law Center, 
Date posted to database: December 29, 2012 
10 128 David Baldus and the Legacy of McCleskey v. Kemp 
Samuel R. Gross
University of Michigan Law School, 
Date posted to database: January 15, 2013 [new to top ten]

 

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