Associate Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"Over thirty years ago, in Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court struck down all existing death-penalty laws because capital punishment in America was being applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner...
While it is impossible to completely eliminate arbitrariness from capital punishment, the Supreme Court is in a position to reduce the problem by increasing prosecutor's incentive to choose their death penalty cases much more carefully ex ante, before anyone sets foot in the courtroom...With the option to seek the death penalty in a relatively small number of cases each year, prosecutors will be forced to choose carefully which cases are death-worthy, and they will have greater incentive to ensure that those cases are tried fairly, lest their carefully chosen death-penalty convictions be overturned."
"Imposing a Cap on Capital Punishment," Missouri Law Review, Winter 2007
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2009-present