Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders Eighth Amendment John D. Bessler

ISBN: 9781555537166

Published: January 10th 2012

Hardcover

464 pages


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Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders Eighth Amendment  by  John D. Bessler

Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders Eighth Amendment by John D. Bessler
January 10th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 464 pages | ISBN: 9781555537166 | 3.41 Mb

The conventional wisdom is that the founders were avid death penalty supporters. In this fascinating and insightful examination of Americas Eighth Amendment, law professor John D. Bessler explodes this myth and shows the founders conflicting andMoreThe conventional wisdom is that the founders were avid death penalty supporters.

In this fascinating and insightful examination of Americas Eighth Amendment, law professor John D. Bessler explodes this myth and shows the founders conflicting and ambivalent views on capital punishment. Cruel and Unusual takes the reader back in time to show how the indiscriminate use of executions gave way to a more enlightened approach--one that has been evolving ever since. While shedding important new light on the U.S.

Constitutions cruel and unusual punishments clause, Bessler explores the influence of Cesare Beccarias essay, On Crimes and Punishments, on the Founders views, and the transformative properties of the Fourteenth Amendment, which made the Bill of Rights applicable to the states.

After critiquing the U.S. Supreme Courts existing case law, this essential volume argues that Americas death penalty--a vestige of a bygone era in which ear cropping and other gruesome corporal punishments were thought acceptable--should be declared unconstitutional.



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