HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Ultimate Punishment : A Lawyer's Reflections…
Loading...

Ultimate Punishment : A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death… (edition 2003)

by Scott Turow

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
206256,890 (3.59)3
Member:sylviawrigley
Title:Ultimate Punishment : A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty
Authors:Scott Turow
Info:
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:None

Work details

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

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 3 mentions

English (1)  French (1)  All (2)
Novelist Scott Turow writes about his struggle to come to grips with the death penalty. This non-fiction work describes the evolution of his thought process and his sometimes ambivalent reasoning while he served on the Illinois Commission that investigated the effectiveness of the punishment and proposed important reforms to make its imposition more equitable.

Turow discusses the lack of effective deterrence, the lack of like punishment for like crimes due to problems with felony murder, and a number of inmates who end up exonerated or with lesser sentences because the evidence does not warrant the death penalty upon reflection. But Turow also highlights some of the heinous crimes that make arguments against the death penalty hardest to make because of the need for harsher punishments to protect society from ultimate evil.

This is an honest look at the conflicting feelings most of us share about the death penalty and its imposition. It is well worth reading and reflecting upon. ( )
  Caramellunacy | Feb 13, 2008 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374128731, Hardcover)

America's leading writer about the law takes a close, incisive look at one of society's most vexing legal issues

Scott Turow is known to millions as the author of peerless novels about the troubling regions of experience where law and reality intersect. In "real life," as a respected criminal lawyer, he has been involved with the death penalty for more than a decade, including successfully representing two different men convicted in death-penalty prosecutions. In this vivid account of how his views on the death penalty have evolved, Turow describes his own experiences with capital punishment from his days as an impassioned young prosecutor to his recent service on the Illinois commission which investigated the administration of the death penalty and influenced Governor George Ryan's unprecedented commutation of the sentences of 164 death row inmates on his last day in office. Along the way, he 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 victims' survivors, and tells the powerful stories behind the statistics, as he moves from the Governor's Mansion to Illinois' state-of-the art 'super-max' prison and the execution chamber.

This gripping, clear-sighted, necessary examination of the principles, the personalities, and the politics of a fundamental dilemma of our democracy has all the drama and intellectual substance of Turow's celebrated fiction.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:49 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
9 wanted

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.59)
0.5
1
1.5
2 3
2.5 1
3 10
3.5
4 14
4.5 2
5 3

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,146,312 books! | Top bar: Always visible