2014 Allen Chair Symposium: Lethal Injection, Politics, and the Future of the Death Penalty



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Prep Materials for the Symposium:

The Virginia Death Penalty Assessment Report: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/death_penalty_moratorium/va_complete_report.authcheckdam.pdf


The 2% Death Penalty Report: How a Minority of Counties Produce Most Death Cases At Enormous Costs to All: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/TwoPercentReport.pdf


Deborah Denno on Oklahoma’s Botched Executions (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjyDhcnjUAA


PBS: Drugs Used in Lethal Injection under Scrutiny, featuring Joel Zivot (Video + Transcript): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/drugs-lethal-injections-under-scrutiny/


Joel Zivot, Why I’m a Moratorium on Lethal Injection: As An Anesthesiologist, My Job is to Save Lives, Not to Take Them, USA Today (Dec. 15, 2012), http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/15/lethal-injection-death-penalty-debate-column/4033419/


Frank Green, featuring Brandon Garrett, Survey: Virginia law enforcement agencies lack written interrogation policies, Richmond Times Dispatch (Sept. 16, 2014), http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/survey-virginia-law-enforcement-agencies-lack-written-interrogation-policies/article_dc12b96d-be8f-53c2-a4a2-18c172ad25dc.html?mode=jqm


Mark Earley, I Saw Over 36 Executions. Even Death Penalty Supporters Can Push for Change, The Guardian (May 12, 2014), http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/12/death-penalty-supporters-argument-conservatives


Virginia’s Execution History: http://www.vadp.org/dp-info/virginias-execution-history/


Featured Book:

 Brandon Garrett, Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (Harvard University Press, 2011).


Law Review Articles:

Stephen Bright, The Death Penalty and the Society We Want, 6 Pierce L. Rev. 369 (2008), http://library.law.yale.edu/sites/default/files/society_we_want.pdf

Deborah Denno, Lethal Injection Secrecy Post-Baze 102 Geo. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014), available at http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/LethalInjectionSecrecy.pdf.

Eric Berger, Lethal Injection Secrecy and Eighth Amendment Due Process, 55 B.C. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2450204.

The Supreme Court and the Politics of Death, 94 Va. L. Rev. 283 (2008).

Richard Roper, The Death Penalty at the Intersection of Reality and Justice, 41 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 15 (2008).

Corinna Barrett Lain, Deciding Death, 57 Duke L.J. 1, 45 (2007).

Corinna Lain, The Virtues of Thinking Small, 67 U. Miami L. Rev. 397 (2013).

John Douglass, Confronting Death: Sixth Amendment Rights at Capital Sentencing, 105 Colum. L. Rev. (Nov. 2005).

Mary Tate, Commissioning Innocence and Restoring Confidence: the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the Missing Deliberative Citizen, 64 Me. L. Rev. 531 (2012).