Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty

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Thorndike Press, 2004 - Law - 233 pages
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In this account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Scott Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment, from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois Commission that investigated the state's administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 167 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, Turow provides a brief history of America's ambivalent relationship with the ultimate punishment; analyzes the potent reasons for and against it, including the role of the victim's survivors; and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the governor's mansion to Illinois' Super-Max prison and the execution chamber.

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Former federal prosecutor, death penalty appellate lawyer, and best-selling novelist Turow (Presumed Innocent) provides a thoughtful account of the evolution of his views on the death penalty. Most ... Read full review


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Scott Turow is the world-famous author of six best-selling novels about the law, from Presumed Innocent (1987) to Reversible Errors (2002), which centers on a death penalty case. He lives with his family outside Chicago, where he is a partner in the firm of Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal

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