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Book Review


In this book review of Evan Mandery’s A Wild Justice, Meltsner situates the work in a long line of exemplary books where the author writes incisively about how the law and legal institutions work, using language suitable for the lay person. Meltsner finds that the book provides a firm background for considering the question of how the Supreme Court reached its decision in Furman v. Georgia, which in effect found the American death penalty unconstitutionally arbitrary, and the events which led to the subsequent death penalty regime instituted by Gregg v. Georgia four years later.

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A Wild Justice, death penalty

Original Citation

Michael Meltsner, On the Virtues of a Wild Justice, 48 New Eng. L. Rev. 683 (2014).

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