Capital Punishment Seminar (3 credits)

This course examines the legal, social, moral and historical aspects of capital punishment in the U.S. Particular focus will be dedicated to the constitutional expectations, such as limits on use of the penalty (e.g., execution methods, juvenile defendants), procedural aspects designed to guide sentencing (e.g., bifurcation and aggravating/mitigating factors), and limits imposed by allocation of authority between judges and juries; challenges to the arbitrary and or/racially discriminatory use of the death penalty. Prerequisites: Constitutional Law II.