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Mercy on Trial, What It Means to Stop an Execution

On January 11, 2003, Illinois Governor George Ryan--a Republican on record as saying that ""some crimes are so horrendous . . . that society has a right to demand the ultimate penalty""--commuted the capital sentences of all 167 prisoners on his state's death row. Critics demonized Ryan. For opponents of capital punishment, however, Ryan became an instant hero whose decision was seen as a signal moment in the ""new abolitionist"" politics to end killing by the state. In this compelling and timely work, Austin Sarat provides the first book-length work on executive clemency. He turns
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Contents; Acknowledgments; CHAPTER 1 Mercy, Clemency, and Capital Punishment: The Illinois Story; CHAPTER 2 Capital Clemency in the Twentieth Century: Putting Illinois in Context; CHAPTER 3 The Jurisprudence of Clemency: What Place for Mercy?; CHAPTER 4 Governing Clemency: From Redemption to Retribution; CHAPTER 5 Clemency without Mercy: George Ryan's Dilemma; CHAPTER 6 Conclusion: On Mercy and Its Risks; APPENDIX A: George Ryan: "I Must Act"; APPENDIX B: Capital Clemency, 1900-2004: Commutations by State; APPENDIX C: Chronology of Capital Clemency, 1900-2004: Commutations by Governor; Notes
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