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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hessick on Finality and the Capital/Non-Capital Divide

Hessick carissaCarissa Byrne Hessick (University of North Carolina School of Law) has posted Finality and the Capital/Non-Capital Punishment Divide (Final Judgments: The Death Penalty in American Law and Culture (A. Sarat ed.), 2017) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This book chapter examines the role that concerns about finality have played in both capital cases and juvenile life-without-parole sentencing cases. It will describe how finality has shaped the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases, as well as the role it has played in recent juvenile life-without-parole cases. It will then offer some tentative thoughts on whether the non-capital finality concerns – specifically, the perceived need for post-sentencing assessments – should be extended to capital defendants and how post-sentencing assessments might inform the ongoing debate over the death penalty abolition in the United States.

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