• Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Constitutional Regulation
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    Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Constitutional Regulation

    LARRY TRIBE: Good afternoon. I’m very glad to see you all here. I’m Larry Tribe, and I’m honored that Carol asked me to moderate this closing panel discussion of the conference marking the publication of Carol and Jordan’s monumental work, Courting Death. Unfortunately, the only parts of today’s conference that I was able to attend were this morning’s panel, which was spectacular, I thought, and this final panel, which I hope will not disappoint. If the panel on race and the panel on broader criminal justice issues were nearly as exciting as I found the first panel, and if Don Verrilli was his usual, very thoughtful and deeply insightful self,…

  • Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Race and the American Death Penalty
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    Supreme Court and Capital Punishment | Race and the American Death Penalty

    JORDAN STEIKER: Let’s come to order. So, this is a panel on race and the American death penalty. We’ve got a wonderful set of speakers. The speakers have arranged themselves in order. Let’s proceed. JOHN BESSLER: All right. My name is John Bessler. I have written a lot of books about the death penalty. I always joke that I do winter reading as opposed to summer reading. I’m working on a book right now on, actually, The Death Penalty As Torture, which I might say a word about at the end. And because so much of my writing is directed at the Supreme Court, my audience is nine, but now…