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RaShawn Thurman ENG 1102 Annotated Bibliography Entries Due: February 15, 2012

Gregg V. Georgia

Mello, Michael A. Dead Wrong- A Death Row Lawyer Speaks out Against Capital Punishment. The University of Wisconsin Press , 1997. Print. Although Dead Wrong doesn’t have a whole lot of information on the specific court case I am doing, this particular book has some very insightful information as the other side of death penalty. This book is written by a lawyer of someone who is facing death row charges and explains his side of the story. Mello specifically refers to a particular case that involved a mentally disabled African American man who was placed in a sticky situation. This particular man followed under a mastermind killer and ended up having them both faced with murder charges and the electrical chair (p. 50). The lawyer continues to speak on how wrong this situation was and wished he could do more about it. This particular case stands out to me the most because you would think that there would be limitations on who deserves the death penalty. I give this book an A+ for information and I want to continue reading more.

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Streib, V L. Death Penalty for Juveniles. 1987. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Web. 12 Feb. 2012<https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/abstractdb/AbstractDBDetails.aspx?id=107550>. In this particular excerpt, I decided to take a different approach in my research by looking at a new perspective. This particular book, Death Penalty for Juveniles, deals with putting minors to the death penalty for committing crimes. The one thing that stood out to me the most was the fact that over two hundred (200) children under the age of eight-teen have been put to the death penalty since the seventeenth century (par. 1). This stood out to me the most because I don’t think any child should be put to death for anything because they are still young and haven’t fully developed. This source might not be that helpful for what I want to accomplish, but I probably should do more research on it before I make any decisions to throw it out completely.

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Latzer, Barry. Death Penalty Cases . Second. Manager of Special Sales , 2002. Print.

In Barry’s, Death Penalty Cases, he starts off by stating that his book “will determine whether or not the procedures used to impose the death penalty violate the Eight Amendment Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause (p. 1)” He made it very clear that he was going to discuss the history of the Eight Amendment and the laws and procedures of current-day cases. After reading Death Penalty Cases, I feel like his history on the Eight Amendment was his strongest attribute. Before, I didn’t know much about the court systems or how the specific laws evolved, but now I have a clearer understanding. One thing that I most certainly did not know was the fact that the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause was not intended to abolish capital punishment because the earlier Fifth Amendment states that the death penalty was indeed acceptable (p.2). I believe this is a good reference because within the first few pages, I was able to pull valuable information about the death penalty that I was not aware of. This source is definitely worth my time, and is going to help me further my knowledge in my subject choice.

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Irons, Peter, and Guitton Stephanie, eds. May it Please the Court . Tiie New Press , 1993. Print. In the book, May it Please the Court, there is a specific chapter in the book that covers the exact court case I wanted to further my research in, Gregg v. Georgia. It states that the Supreme Court had never had the death penalty violated the Eight Amendment until this specific case in 1972 (p. 229). May it Please the Court also states that this case not only raised hell with the prisoners at the time, but also raised an issue in the presidential campaign. It states that Troy Gregg, who committed two murders, was indeed convicted and put under the death penalty because they believed that “capital punishment is an expression of society’s moral outrage” (p.229) I believe this is a credible source because this book goes in great detail of everything that occurred in the court case and has all the information I am looking for down to how the lawyers responded to this case.

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Death Penalty Information Center. Feb. 12, 2012 <http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/crimes-punishable-death-penalty>

The Death Penalty Information Center website had valuable information on it regarding anything and everything that has to deal with the death penalty. One particular section that stood out to me the most was the page that had the different laws per state that constituted in the death penalty. Specifically, Georgia’s law states that if one commits murder, kidnapping with bodily injury or ransom and the victim dies, aircraft hijacking, and/or treason, one is able to put to death (par. 1). This stood out to me the most because when I looked at the other states, their lists were not as extensive. Maybe this has something to do with why Gregg V. Georgia made it all the way to the Supreme Court. I think this website has a lot of valuable information and will be very helpful to me throughout this assignment.

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