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Donald L. Beschle, LLM Biography

Professor of Law at the John Marshall Law School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“For decades, the death penalty has been one of the most passionately debated topics in American law. Lawyers, social scientists, philosophers, theologians, the mass media, and ordinary citizens have argued over its wisdom and legitimacy. Remarkably, though, when the principal arguments for and against the death penalty are examined closely, they seem inadequate to the task of either justifying the death penalty or proving convincingly that it must be abolished.”

“What’s Guilt (or Deterrence) Got to Do with It? The Death Penalty, Ritual, and Mimetic Violence,” William and Mary Law Review, Jan. 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Associate Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Associate Lawyer, Law Firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim and Ballon, New York, 1976-1979
  • LLM (Master of Law), Temple University School of Law, 1983
  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1976
  • BA, Fordham University, 1973
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