Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the Modern Era

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Chapter 1

1 Dan Reid and John Gurwell, Eyewitness (Houston: Cordovan Press, 1973), 230.

2 Michael Meltsner, Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment (New York: Random House, 1973).

3 Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).

4 Branch v. Texas, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).

5 Charles Ehrhardt and L. Harold Levinson, [Florida's Legislative Response to Furman: An Exercise in Futility?] 64 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 10 (1973).

6 Audiotape: Public Hearing on HB 200, 63rd Legislature, held by the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, tapes 1–3 (Feb. 6, 1973).

7 The concerns of House bill advocates, though quelled when the Supreme Court upheld the Florida statute in Profitt v. Florida, 428 U.S. 242 (1976), were partially vindicated when the Court held in Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002), that the jury must be the ultimate arbiter of capital sentencing.

8 The Sharpstown stock-fraud scandal was a fraud-and-bribery investigation carried on by both the federal and state government against the governor, the Speaker of the House, the former state attorney general, the former state insurance commissioner, and others. Civil suits were also filed. When all was said and done, the incumbent governor was deemed an unindicted coconspirator and lost his bid for reelection; the incumbent Speaker of the House and others were convicted of felonies; and half of the members of the legislature either decided not to run for reelection or were voted out of office. Running on a [reform] platform, Dolph Briscoe and William Hobby were elected governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, and a series of far-reaching reform laws were passed. See The Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. [Sharpstown Stock-Fraud Scandal,]

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Lethal Injection xv
  • Chapter 1 - The Modern Era 1
  • Chapter 2 - Deterrence: Does It Prevent Others from Committing Murder? 20
  • Chapter 3 - Incapacitation: Does It Keep Them from Killing Again? 49
  • Chapter 4 - Retribution: Do They Deserve to Die? 76
  • Chapter 5 - Administration: is the Death Penalty Carried Out Impartially, Reliably, and Efficiently? 104
  • Chapter 6 - Conclusion 159
  • Appendix 165
  • Notes 169
  • References 203
  • Index 215
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