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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, January 8, 2021

Bandes on Closure and the Death Penalty

Susan A. Bandes (DePaul Law) has published The Death Penalty and the Misleading Concept of ‘Closure’ on The Crime Report. In part:

When William Barr first served as U.S. Attorney General, in the first Bush administration, he supported the death penalty based on its deterrent and retributive value. Until he departed last month, he remained a steadfast supporter of capital punishment.

But his rationale changed. In announcing the ramp-up of the federal machinery of death that has led so far to ten executions in the past five months (with yet another one, the execution of Lisa Montgomery, scheduled for a week before the end of President Trump’s term), Barr stated that “we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

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