Eligible for Execution: The Story of the Daryl Atkins Case

CQ Press - The issue before the justices: given daryl atkins’s mental retardation, would his execution constitute cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment? A 6–3 vote said yes. Daryl atkins’s situation was far from being resolved though. This riveting and enlightening narrative unfolds on the night of August 16, with the brutal and senseless murder of Eric Nesbitt, a young man stationed at Langley Air Force Base, 1996, at the hands of 18-year-old Daryl Atkins.

Walker sheds light on how legal institutions and procedures work in real life—and how they are all interrelated—to help students better understand constitutional issues, the courts, and the criminal justice system. Atkins’s attorneys promptly filed a notice of appeal, and the case continues today.

Drawing on interviews with key participants; direct observation of the hearings; and close examination of court documents, transcripts, and press accounts, Thomas G. Never losing sight of the stakes in a death penalty case, to the decision-making process of the state prosecutor, he explains each step in Atkins’s legal journey from the interactions of local law enforcement, to the Supreme Court’s ruling, and beyond.

Eligible for Execution: The Story of the Daryl Atkins Case - Throughout, race, walker also addresses how disability, and other key demographic and social issues affect the case and society’s views on the death penalty. Prosecutors claimed that Atkins failed to meet the statutory definition of mental retardation and reinstituted procedures to carry out his death sentence.

Over the course of more than a decade, Atkins’s case has bounced between the lowest and the highest levels of the judicial system. Found guilty and then sentenced to death in 1998 for Nesbitt’s murder, the Atkins case was then taken up in 2002 by the U.

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror Gifford Lectures Princeton University Press

Princeton University Press - In making this case, from the nihilists of czarist russia and the militias of Weimar Germany to the IRA and the unprecedented menace of Al Qaeda, Ignatieff traces the modern history of terrorism and counter-terrorism, with its suicidal agents bent on mass destruction. But its use must be measured, not a program of torture and revenge.

. We may need to kill to fight the greater evil of terrorism, but we must never pretend that doing so is anything better than a lesser evil. The public scrutiny and political ethics that motivate restraint also give democracy its strongest weapon: the moral power to endure when the furies of vengeance and hatred are spent.

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror Gifford Lectures Princeton University Press - There is perhaps no greater political challenge today than trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls. The book is based on the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. He shows how the most potent response to terror has been force, decisive and direct, but--just as important--restrained.

Ignatieff argues that we must not shrink from the use of violence--that far from undermining liberal democracy, force can be necessary for its survival. But we are pulled in the other direction too by the anxiety that a violent response to violence makes us morally indistinguishable from our enemies. Michael ignatieff confronts this challenge head-on, historical sensitivity, with the combination of hard-headed idealism, and political judgment that has made him one of the most influential voices in international affairs today.

Must we fight terrorism with terror, match assassination with assassination, and torture with torture? Must we sacrifice civil liberty to protect public safety? In the age of terrorism, the temptations of ruthlessness can be overwhelming.

Half the Sky

Vintage - Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.1 national bestsellerfrom two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, ultimately, and, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, clarity, sadness, hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad.

Half the Sky - Countries such as china have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Kristof and sheryl wudunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth.

A zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. Through these stories, kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.

Judicial Politics in the United States

Routledge - Judicial politics in the united states examines the role of courts as policymaking institutions and their interactions with the other branches of government and other political actors in the U. S. It also includes a chapter devoted to the courts' interactions with interest groups, the media, and general public opinion and a chapter that looks at how American courts and judges interact with other judiciaries around the world.

Judicial politics in the united states balances coverage of judicial processes with discussions of the courts' interactions with our larger political universe, making it an essential text for students of judicial politics. Not only does this book cover the nuts and bolts of the functions, it goes beyond other judicial process books by exploring how the courts interact with executives, legislatures, structures and processes of our courts and legal system, and state and federal bureaucracies.

Judicial Politics in the United States - Political system.

Reason in Law: Ninth Edition

University of Chicago Press - A new appendix explains the historical evolution of legal reasoning and the rule of law in civic life. King. This ninth edition brings the book’s analyses and examples up to date, adding new cases while retaining old ones whose lessons remain potent. The result is an indispensable introduction to the workings of the law.

 . Also new to this edition are cases on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act, and the legalization of marijuana. Over the nearly four decades it has been in print, Reason in Law has established itself as the place to start for understanding legal reasoning, a critical component of the rule of law. It examines several recent controversial Supreme Court decisions, including rulings on the constitutionality and proper interpretation of the Affordable Care Act and Justice Scalia’s powerful dissent in Maryland v.

An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research

OUP Oxford - Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching.

In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law. As empirical methods impact on traditional legal scholarship and practice, new forms of education are needed for today's lawyers. All lawyers asked to present or assess empirical arguments need to understand the fundamental principles of social science methodology that underpin sound empirical research.

An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research - The fundamentals of understanding quantitative and qualitative data, statistical models, and the structure of empirical arguments are explained in a way accessible to lawyers with or without formaltraining in statistics. Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal analysis, or engaging with empirical arguments in their field of study, academics, drawing on years of experience in training lawyers in empirical methods, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research will be an invaluable primer for all students, or practising lawyers coming to empirical research - whether they are embarking themselves on an empirical research project, research, or practice.

In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminallaw and environmental infringement. An introduction to empirical legal research introduces that methodology in a legal context, analysing data, conducting empirical research, explaining how empirical analysis can inform legal arguments; how lawyers can set aboutframing empirical questions, and presenting or evaluating the results.

Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives

CQ Press - To encourage critical and creative thinking on issues ranging from the federal deficit to health care reform to climate change, authors Michael Kraft and Scott Furlong introduce and fully integrate an evaluative approach to policy. The sixth edition of public policy offers a fully revised, concise review of institutions, policy actors, and major theoretical models as well as a discussion of the nature of policy analysis and its practice.

In public policy: politics, and Alternatives, Analysis, students come to understand how and why policy analysis is used to assess policy alternatives. Both the exposition and data have been updated to reflect major policy controversies and developments through the end of 2016, including new priorities of the Donald Trump administration.

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal

Routledge - An expanded discussion of radical islamism, especially with regard to the varieties of Islamism, the rise of the Islamic State ISIS, and the effects of recent terrorist attacks on national and international politics. Discussion questions added to the end of each chapter. Additional graphs and photos throughout.

An updated, author-written Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank. Political ideologies and the democratic Ideal analyzes and compares political ideologies to help readers understand individual ideologies, and the concept of ideology, from a political science perspective. Coverage of "democratic socialism" in the context of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal - Updates on fascism past and present. A more in-depth account of the origins of black liberation and a discussion of the new "Black Lives Matter" movement. New directions in feminist theory and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. An account of pope francis’s 2015 encyclical on the environment and humans’ duty to protect it.

It covers a wide variety of political ideologies from the traditional liberalism and conservatism to recent developments in identity politics, green politics, and radical Islamism. New to this editionan expanded account of the right to vote and the U. S.

Party Politics in America

Routledge - Marjorie hershey builds on the book’s three-pronged coverage of party organization, and party in government and integrates contemporary examples—such as campaign finance reform, party polarization, party in the electorate, and social media—to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties shape our political system.

New to the 17th editionfully updated through the 2016 election, including changes in virtually all of the boxed materials, the chapter openings, and the data presented. Explores increasing partisan hostility, the status of voter ID laws and other efforts to affect voter turnout, young voters' attitudes and participation, and the role of big givers such as the energy billionaire Koch brothers in the 2016 campaigns.

Party Politics in America - Critically examines the idea that Super PACs are replacing, or can replace, the party organizations in running campaigns. New and expanded online instructor's resources, including author-written test banks, relevant websites with correlated sample assignments, the book’s appendix, essay questions, and links to a collection of course syllabi.

The seventeenth edition of party politics in America continues the comprehensive and authoritative coverage of political parties for which it is known while expanding and updating the treatment of key related topics including interest groups and elections.

Interest Groups in American Politics: Pressure and Power

Routledge - Nonetheless, nownes warns of the dangers of unwatched interest group activity, especially in the realms of the electoral process and issue advocacy. Rather than an anomaly or distortion of the political system, it is a normal and healthy function of a pluralist society and democratic governance. This concise but thorough text demonstrates that interest groups are involved in the political system at all levels of government – federal, and local – and in all aspects of political activity, state, from election campaigns to agenda setting to lawmaking to policy implementation.

This much anticipated revision of nownes’s text retains a student friendly tone and thoroughly updates the references to interest group research, as well as adds a new chapter on the connections between interest groups and political parties. Americans rail against so-called special interests but at the same time many members of society are themselves represented in one form or another by organized groups trying to affect the policymaking progress.

Interest Groups in American Politics: Pressure and Power - Interest groups in american politics, Second Edition, is grounded by the role of information in interest group activity, a theme that runs through the entire book. Numerous figures and tables throughout the book help students visualize important trends and information.

The Logic of American Politics

CQ Press - The concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, global climate change, as shown through issues like health care reform, and the federal budget. Jacobson, thad kousser, and lynn Vavreck build students' critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.

This new edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government and highlight the increasingly partisan nature of campaigns. By exploring issues such as the affordable care act’s troubled implementation, the book illustrates how the institutional structures of government, federalism, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over immigration, and even campaigns can help voters make sense of their choices.

The Logic of American Politics - Students glean insights into the sources of policy problems, identify possible solutions, and realize why agreement on those solutions is often so hard to achieve. It arms students with a revised introduction to institutional design that makes concepts such as command, voting rules, and delegation easier for students to master and apply, veto, agenda control, so they clearly see how the American political system was devised and why it works the way it does.

Authors samuel Kernell, Gary C. This new edition of the bestselling The Logic of American Politics is thoroughly updated and covers the dramatic 2016 election results with a thorough analysis of those results.