Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"There are in fact six strong arguments against sending McVeigh off to his final reward.
First, there is the traditional ethical argument that the state should never take life when it can avoid doing so... McVeigh does not threaten anyone now, so we need not execute him. Why should society reduce itself to McVeigh's level? His acts are unspeakable -- he took the lives of people for no reason, other than to make a statement. Do we do anything different by taking his life?
Second, McVeigh is certainly not a threat to anyone in the future... Third, executing McVeigh will fit into McVeigh's game plan... Fourth, executing McVeigh will also not serve as a deterrent to similar crimes... Fifth, executing him prevents us from ever learning the full truth about his co-conspirators... This leads to the last argument against his execution. Putting McVeigh to death may very well create a martyr... [Not executing McVeigh] would also send a message that the United States will not lower itself to the level of the Timmy McVeigh's of the world."
"Why We Shouldn't Execute Timothy McVeigh," Forum, Apr. 2001
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School, 2006-present
Recipient, Albany Law School Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2007
Scholar in Residence, University of Seattle School of Law, 2007
Residential Research Fellow, Gilder Lehman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance, Yale University, 2006
Research Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Institute, 2006
Scholar in Residence, John Marshall College of Law, 2005
Scholar in Residence, Center for Inquiry, 2005
Research Fellow, University of Michigan, 2005
Board Member, Gilder Lehman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance, Yale University, 2003-present
Professor, Law, University of Akron School of Law, 1998-1999
Visiting Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1997-1998
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hamline Law School, 1997
Professor, Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, 1999-2006
Visiting Research Professor, University of Miami, 1996
Fellow, Law and Humanities, Harvard Law School, 1982-83