I have had the good fortune of working with and around some of the most skilled and capable lawyers and legal thinkers in the country as well as many insightful, fair-minded judges. There are far too many of them to mention by name; they know who they are. I hope some of what I have written here has done justice to the many things they taught me.
Over many years of teaching at Santa Cruz, an institution I dearly love, I also have been blessed with many extremely talented graduate students who worked with me on death-penalty-related issues, including Lawrence White, Cathy Johnson, Laura Sweeney, Sally Costanzo, and Carmel Benson. I have worked especially closely with two of my former students—Lorelei Sontag, who now provides expert consultation and testimony in actual death penalty cases, and Mona Lynch, who has developed a impressive, independent scholarly career of her own but still manages to collaborate with me on death penalty research from time to time. Two recently graduated students, Susan Greene and Amy Smith, also have worked with me on a number of capitalpunishment-related projects and now begun their promising careers in psychology and law. I am grateful to all of them for the many contributions they made to the research that I describe in this book.
Ron Roesch, APLS book series editor, was extremely gracious, patient, and wise throughout this entire project. It certainly would not have been completed without his help.
Finally, to my large and loving family—Lynne, Erin, Matt, Arcelia, Bonnie, and Chanel—and, especially, to my wife Aida, who has made so many of the good things in my life possible, I owe an immeasurable debt.