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A wild justice : the death and resurrection…

A wild justice : the death and resurrection of capital punishment in… (2013)

by Evan J. Mandery

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Drawing on never-before-published original source detail, the epic story of two of the most consequential, and largely forgotten, moments in Supreme Court history.



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Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

-- Sir Francis Bacon
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In 1972 the Supreme Court ruled Georgia's death penalty law unconstitutional. (Prologue)
Alan Dershowitz was sweating.
Powell also questioned what the public really felt.   "The anti-death penalty movement -- waged with the fervor of a crusade -- has in fact accomplished little in terms of averting public support," he wrote in a note to himself.  "It has been singularly successful in the law reviews, the scholarly journals, and some of the press.   But if the standard is the public -- and not just an elite segment -- the crusade has not had notable success."    (Chap. 8, "Nine Law Firms)
In Raiford, Florida, near Jacksonville, at the Florida State Prison Farm that housed the state's death row, Leslie Horton, awaiting execution for rape, was enjoying a family visit when a guard entered the room and asked, "Can you stand some more good news today?" To Horton's astonishment the guard announced, "The Supreme Court has just abolished the death penalty." (Chap. 11, "A Red-Letter Day")
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An audacious idea -- The most important law firm in America -- Surcease of sorrow -- A near knockout -- To license a laundry, to license a life -- Young lawyers -- Boiling in oil -- Nine law firms -- Whizzer -- Lightning bolts -- A red-letter day -- Sobering up -- Behind the backlash -- Proving deterrence and rationality -- The lion in winter -- The sausage factory -- Taking stock -- The main event -- The center in control.
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