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Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution
by Austin Sarat
On January 11, 2003, Illinois Governor George Ryan--a Republican on record as saying that "some crimes are so horrendous . . . that society has a right to demand the ultimate penalty"--commuted the capital sentences of all 167 prisoners on his state's death row. Critics demonized Ryan. For opponents of capital punishment, however, Ryan became an instant hero whose decision ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published August 19th 2007 by Princeton University Press
(first published August 29th 2005)
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Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College.More about Austin Sarat...