New Bessler book is hailed in LA Review of Books essay

Against the Death Penalty, a new book edited by Professor John Bessler, was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books (Oct. 15, 2016).

The book contains U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer‘s impassioned dissent in Glossip v. Gross, a 2015 case in which a group of Oklahoma death-row inmates failed to prove the likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that a sedative used in a three-drug lethal cocktail violates the Eighth Amendment because it does not prevent pain from the other two drugs, which cause paralysis and cardiac arrest.

Against the Death Penalty, in the hands of an astute Supreme Court justice and an accomplished capital punishment scholar, provides an excellent opportunity for lawyer and layman alike to examine one of today’s most pressing questions of criminal justice,” reviewer Stephen Rohde wrote.

The review, “The Machinery of Death,” also covers a new volume, Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment, by Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker.

Learn more about Professor Bessler.

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