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Death Penalty Lab (2017/18)

This is a research guide for the Capital Punishment Research Lab courses

Selected Cases and Related Search Terms

Selected Topics

  • Actual innocence as basis for appeal
    • Herrera v. Collins, 506 U.S. 390 (1993)
    • Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298 (1995)
    • United States v. Quinones
    • selected law review article citations on actual innocence and capital punishment: (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“actual innocence” and “capital punishment”) in Terms and Connectors mode)
    • selected Electronic Journal Center (EJC) articles on (actual) innocence and capital punishment (OhioLINK patron access)
  • Capital punishment for juveniles
  • International law/Vienna Convention on Consular Relation
    • Humberto Leal Garcia v. Texas (2011)
    • Medellin v. Texas, 128 S.Ct. 1346 (2008)
    • Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, 548 U.S. 331 (2006)
    • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and consular relations (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and “consular relations” in Terms and Connectors mode)
    • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and international law (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment” and “international law” in Terms and Connectors mode)
  • Indigency/Habeas
  • Individualized sentences/Aggravating factors
    • Brown v. Sanders, 546 U.S. 212 (2006)
    • Kansas v. Marsh, 547 US __, 126 S. Ct. 2516 (2006)
    • Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002)
    • selected law review citations on capital punishment and aggravating circumstances  (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and “aggravating circumstances”  in Terms and Connectors mode)
  • Lethal injection/Cruel and unusual
    • Glossip v. Gross, No. 14-7955 (2015)
    • Baze v. Rees, 535 U.S. 35 (2008)
      • selected law review citations on lethal injection (via ILP, search “lethal injection” in Terms and Connectors mode)
      • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and cruel and unusual OR eighth Amendment (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and (“cruel or unusual” OR “eighth amendment”) in Terms and Connectors mode)
  • Mental incompetence or retardation
  • Proportionality/rape
    • Kennedy v. Louisiana, 554 U.S. 407 (2008)
    • Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 (1977)
    • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and proportionality (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and “proportionality”  in Terms and Connectors mode)
  • Race discrimination in death sentencing/Jury Selection
    • McCleskey v. Kemp, 481 U.S. 279 (1987)
    • Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986)
    • Turner v. Murray, 476 U.S. 28 (1986)
    • United States v. Bass, 266 F.3d 532 (6th Cir. 2001)
    • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and race discrimination (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and “race discrimination”  in Terms and Connectors mode)
    • selected law review article citations on capital punishment and jury selection (on ILP via Lexis,  search DESCRIPTORS(“capital punishment”) and “jury selection”  in Terms and Connectors mode)

(Categories are from Henderson, pp. 57-58, and LII’s Wex.)