The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment

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ABC News, 61
abolition of capital punishment. See also specific countries: activism for, 48, 194–203; benefits, 205; conflict that will follow, 15, 194, 203–5; congressional influence, 192– 93; cultural process, 139; dates of abolition, 22, 23; in Europe, 17–20, 22– 26, 34–37, 39–40, 40–41, 127, 181–82, 195, 200; European Convention on Human Rights, 29; in France, 22; as gradual process, 134–35, 139, 141; as human rights issue, 6, 25, 182 (see also main entry); international history, 5, 10– 11, 214–27; lack of debate, 26, 194–96; objectives, 193–200; opposition, 127–29, 138–39; “ordinary” crimes, 35; policy continuity, 84–85; political circumstances, 23; presidential influence, 191–93; public opinion, 127, 141; rhetoric of proponents, 157–59, 202–3; strategies, 200–203; trends, 13, 134–35; in the United States, 47, 72
Abu-Jamal, Mumia, 169, 195
activism for abolition, 48, 194–203
Africa, 37
African Americans, 201
age and capital punishment sentences, 9, 31
aggravating factors, 9, 44
Alabama, 111, 115
Albania, 36
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, 3–5
ambivalence in capital punishment debate: abolition in Europe, 24; contradictory values, 119; due process concerns, 130– 31; in McVeigh case, 4; measuring, 12–13; moratoriums on capital punishment, 176– 77; scrutiny of executions, 190; vigilante values, 118
American Bar Association, 172, 184
Amnesty International: on abolitionist countries, 34; emphasis on political issues, 46; influence, 28; strategies, 47, 48
Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (1996), 148
appeals in capital punishment cases: challenges to, 144–55, 177; closure and, 61; delays, 78–82, 144; dependence on defense counsel, 169; effectiveness, 166– 67; exonerations, 175; procedural redundancy, 78–80; prosecutors' frustrations with, 145–46; reforms, 171– 72; Supreme Court's role, 71, 186; variations in execution policies, 76; vigilante values, 123, 125
Arizona, 48, 73, 75
Ashcroft, John, 43, 46

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