Capital Punishment in the United States: An Overview of the Last 50 Years
What is capital punishment? What crimes are death-eligible? What role does the United States Supreme Court play in capital cases? What is the future of the death penalty in the US? This course will address these questions while examining the legal, political, and social implications of capital punishment. We will focus primarily on the development of the law governing capital punishment in the US since 1970. In addition, the class will explore the role of the US Supreme Court and the constitutional doctrines it developed in the last 50 years. Finally, the course will also examine a capital case from arrest to post-conviction remedies and discuss critical topics such as indigent representation and the role of mitigation and aggravating circumstances. This class is designed for lifelong learners eager to understand the historical perspectives of capital punishment and explore the moral-philosophical debate about its implementation and the criminal justice system in which it operates.
This class will be held onsite at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.
Six Week Course Schedule | Wednesdays
Oct 26 | 1:00 PM
Nov 02 | 1:00 PM
Nov 09 | 1:00 PM
Nov 16 | 1:00 PM
*No class on Nov 23
Nov 30 | 1:00 PM
Dec 07 | 1:00 PM
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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.