Capital defense : inside the lives of America's death penalty lawyers /

What motivates someone to make a career out of defending some of the worst suspected killers of our time? In 'Capital Defense', Jon B. Gould and Maya Pagni Barak give us a glimpse into the lives of lawyers who choose to work in the darkest corner of our criminal justice system: death penal...

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Author / Creator:Gould, Jon B., author.
Imprint:New York : New York Unviersity Press, [2019]
©2019
Description:v, 287 pages ; 24 cm
Language:English
Subject:Capital punishment -- United States.
Defense (Criminal procedure) -- United States.
Capital punishment.
Defense (Criminal procedure)
United States.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11884533
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Other authors / contributors:Barak, Maya Pagni, author.
ISBN:9781479873753
1479873756
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-279) and index.
Summary:What motivates someone to make a career out of defending some of the worst suspected killers of our time? In 'Capital Defense', Jon B. Gould and Maya Pagni Barak give us a glimpse into the lives of lawyers who choose to work in the darkest corner of our criminal justice system: death penalty cases. Based on in-depth personal interviews with a cross-section of the nation's top capital defense teams, the book explores the unusual few who voluntarily represent society's "worst of the worst." With a compassionate and careful eye, Gould and Barak chronicle the experiences of American lawyers, who-like soldiers or surgeons-operate under the highest of stakes, where verdicts have the power to either "take death off the table" or put clients on "the conveyor belt towards death." These lawyers are a rare breed in a field that is otherwise seen as dirty work and in a system that is overburdened, under-resourced, and overshadowed by social, cultural, and political pressures. Examining the ugliest side of our criminal justice system, 'Capital Defense' offers an up-close perspective on the capital litigation process and its impact on the people who participate in it.