National Law Journal highlights Bessler book on death penalty

Professor John Bessler.

Professor John Bessler

A new book edited by Professor John Bessler is the focus of an Aug. 10 National Law Journal article by Marcia Coyle, J.D. ’86, the magazine’s chief Washington correspondent.

The book, Against the Death Penalty, includes Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent in Glossip v. Gross, a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found death row prisoners in Oklahoma had failed to prove the use of a sedative in a three-drug lethal injection cocktail violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners’ suit alleged the sedative, midazolam, does not block pain from the two other drugs, which cause paralysis and cardiac arrest.

The book also discusses the history of the death penalty in the United States, the background of the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause, and the Supreme Court’s treatment of capital punishment.

Learn more about Professor Bessler, who is the author of several works on the death penalty.

Bessler will speak Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington, D.C. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.

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