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John Paul Stevens On the Death Sentence: The New York Review Of Books

11/30/2010 10:41 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As is typical of many Supreme Court opinions rejecting legal arguments advanced by defendants in capital cases, Garland's prologue begins with a detailed description of a horrible crime that will persuade many readers that the defendant not only deserves the death penalty but also should be subjected to the kind of torture that was common in sixteenth-century England. Garland also describes such torture in detail. This "emotional appeal" of the death penalty, Garland declares, is an important topic in his study.

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