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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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Warren McCleskey’s Case and the American Death Penalty Today

Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

This epilogue updates what happened to many of the people and places featured in the story of McCleskey v. Kemp and McCleskey v. Zant. People directly touched by Warren McCleskey’s case and crimes have gone in various directions, while the American death penalty continues. The chapter also considers new information about capital punishment and race. One legacy of McCleskey’s case is that new death penalty studies continue to enlighten us about racial discrimination and unfairness in the modern American death penalty. The epilogue concludes with a summation of the changes the death penalty has undergone since the first execution in Jamestown, while describing how the punishment still remains imprisoned by the past.

Keywords:   Warren McCleskey, McCleskey v. Kemp, McCleskey v. Zant, racial discrimination, death penalty, capital punishment, race, death penalty studies

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