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NCJ Number: 183169 Find in a Library
Title: Finding Life on Death Row: Profiles of Six Inmates
Author(s): Katya Lezin
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 211
Sponsoring Agency: Northeastern University Press
Boston, MA 02115
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55553-405-8
Sale Source: Northeastern University Press
Managing Manager
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States of America
Type: Biography
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume profiles six convicted murderers, two of whom have been executives, based on information from the case files of appeals attorney Stephen Bright.
Abstract: The profiles details the crimes, the life circumstances that contributed to the capital offenses, the experiences of the families of the condemned men and women, and issues related to capital punishment. The individuals profiled include Joseph Carl Shaw, a military police officer who had schizophrenia and attempted to medicate himself with illegal drugs and then committed two murders after being turned away from a mental health clinic. A court-appointed attorney advised him to plead guilty; the judge sentenced him to death. Judy Haney was convicted of killing a man who had abused her and her children. The attorney who represented her appeared in court so drunk that the presiding judge sent him to jail; the judge later appointed the same attorney to handle Haney’s appeal. The other individuals include Donald Wayne Thomas, Michael Cervi, Jimmy Lee Horton, and Larry Heath. The introduction by Stephen Bright examines developments related to appellate court review of death sentences, and states the author's reasons for urging the abolition of capital punishment.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Capital punishment; Death row inmates; Defense counsel effectiveness; Inmate attitudes; Mentally ill offenders; Murderers; Post-conviction remedies; Sentencing factors
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