New book examines the shifting death penalty landscape between Furman and Gregg
12:24 pm, September 19th, 2013
Daily Report readers might be interested in listening to today’s “Fresh Air” on National Public Radio. Terry Gross—who might just be the best radio interviewer on the planetn—will interview Evan J. Mandery, author of A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America.
The New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice draws on never-before-published sources and focuses on the period between 1972, when the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law in Furman v. Georgia, and 1976, when in Gregg v. Georgia the court dramatically reversed direction. Although Furman had sharply divided the justices, nearly everyone, including the justices themselves, believed it would mean the end of executions in America, the publisher’s website explains. “Instead, states responded with a swift and decisive showing of support for capital punishment. As anxiety about crime rose and public approval of the Supreme Court declined, the stage was set in 1976 for Gregg v. Georgia.” A Wild Justice marks Mandery’s second on the topic. His 2011 book Capital Punishment: A Balanced Examination is now in its second edition.