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March 15, 2011

Professor Jim Liebman speaking on modern death penalty today at OSU

Bodiker-logo I am extremely pleased and extremely excited that today at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law we will have the honor of Professor James Liebman from Columbia Law School giving our annual David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice.  The title of the talk is "The Modern U.S. Death Penalty: Minority Practice, Majority's Burden," and here is how the planned talk is previewed on this page:

Even in the 38 U.S. states that have it, the death penalty is used by only a fairly small and shrinking number of counties.  That number declines further if "use" means execution, not simply imposition, of death sentences.  But if the penalty's benefits are realized by only a small number of counties, its costs and risks are borne by the entire state and, indeed, by the entire nation.

Professor James S. Liebman's lecture will address three questions: Why do only a minority of U.S. criminal jurisdictions use the death penalty?  To what extent -- and why -- do the majority of Americans living in jurisdictions that do not use the death penalty bear its costs and risks?  How can capital states address the mismatch between who uses and who pays for the penalty?

I highly encourage anyone interested in the death penalty to come over to OSU for this Lecture if you are in the area. And if you are not in the area, you can still watch the lecture via webcast at this link. Here is a little background on the Bodiker Lecture Series:

The David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice was established at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in February 2008 to honor the spirit, dedication, and passion of David H. Bodiker, who served as the Ohio Public Defender from 1994 until his retirement in December 2007.

Bodiker, a 1963 Moritz graduate and attorney in the private practice of law for many years in Columbus, was a fierce advocate for the poor in Ohio’s criminal justice system and was singular in his tenacious and relentless advocacy for the rights of Death Row inmates.

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My first reaction: this is part of their plan to divide and conquer ( the death penalty).

Posted by: David | Mar 15, 2011 10:25:38 AM

I believe it's now down to 34 states with Governor Quinn's flip-flop in Illinois.

Posted by: alpino | Mar 15, 2011 10:32:05 AM

very soon they will be less and less

Posted by: Dott. claudio giusti, italia | Mar 15, 2011 11:20:48 AM

Many thanks. An extremely credible and valuable contribution to the debate.

Posted by: peter | Mar 15, 2011 1:37:52 PM

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