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Adam M. Gershowitz, JD Biography

Associate Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2009-present
  • Member, Executive Committee, AALS Criminal Justice Section, 2010-present
  • Co-Director, Criminal Justice Institute, University of Houston Law Center, 2009-present
  • Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, 2005-2009
  • Associate, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Robert B. King, US States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, summa cum laude, University of Delaware
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Clemency Serve as a Safeguard in Capital Punishment Sentences?