Bibliography of Recent Articles and Programs on the Death Penalty
Dialogue on the Death Penalty Project
Compiled by Professor James Liebman, Columbia University
School of Law
(see also, Recent Articles on the Death Penalty - with text available on DPIC's Web site)
(alphabetical by author)
Adams, Noah et al, Illinois death row releases closely match executions in number, supporting call for moratorium while process is reviewed, All Things Considered, National Public Radio January 27, 2000. (available at www.npr.org)
Adcock, Ruth A., Victim families want death penalty, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 9, 2000, at 16.
Adler, Margot, Restorative Justice, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio, Oct. 10, 1999. (available at www.npr.org)
Armstrong, Ken & Steve Mills, Death row justice derailed, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 14-18, 1999.
Alterman, Eric, Stop the killing, Intellectual Capital, Feb. 18, 2000.
Armstrong, Ken and Steve Mills, Ryan suspends death penalty; Illinois first state to impose moratorium on executions, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 31, 2000, at 1.
Armstrong, Ken and Steve Mills, Ryan: “Until I can be sure”: Illinois is first state to suspend death penalty, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 1, 2000, at 1.
Armstrong, Ken & Steve Mills, Death row inmate cleared: Failure of the death penalty in Illinois, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 19, 2000.
Armstrong, Ken and Steve Mills, Death penalty in state faces new challenge: Ban urged for mentally retarded defendants, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 6, 2000, at 1.
Armstrong, Ken & Steve Mills, Death row justice derailed, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 14-18, 1999.
Armstrong, Ken & Steve Mills, String of exonerations spurs legislative panels to study reforms, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 16, 1999.
Armstrong, Ken, & Christi Parsons, Half of state’s death-penalty cases reversed, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 22, 2000.
Armstrong, Ken & Maurice Possley, The verdict: dishonor, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 10-14, 1999.
Asseo, Laurie, Executions at highest level since 1954, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 28, 1999.
Associated Press, Activists want Bush to halt six executions, San Antonio Express News, Jan. 18, 2000.
Associated Press, Georgia keeps death penalty, may end electric chair use, Feb. 22, 2000.
Associated Press, Killer's account of crime posted on web after execution, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 8, 2000, at 4A.
Associated Press, Ryan sets up panel to study death penalty, March 9, 2000.
Associated Press, Texas asked by European Union to halt executions, San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 20, 2000.
Barnes, Roger C., Myths can’t hide truth: Death penalty a failure, San Antonio Express News, Feb. 27, 2000.
Beaven, Stephen, Ex-prosecutor seeks justice from the flip side, Indianapolis Star, March 12, 2000.
Becker, Jo, Court puts brake on fast death appeals, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 8, 2000, at 1B.
Benetton, “We, On Death Row,” (Ad Campaign), Talk, Feb. 2000, (available at www.benetton.com)
Belluck, Pam, Convict freed after 16 years on death row, N. Y. Times, Feb. 6, 1999, at A7.
Berlow, Alan, The wrong man, The Atlantic Monthly, Nov. 1, 1999.
Bikel, Ofra, The Case for Innocence, Frontline (PBS), Jan. 11, 2000.
Bragg, Rick, Florida’s messy executions put the electric chair on trial, N. Y. Times, Nov. 18, 1999, at A14.
Brant, Martha, Last chance class, Newsweek, May 30, 1999.
Breslin, Jimmy, “What would candidate Jesus do?” Time, Jan. 17, 2000.
Bright, Stephen, A smooth road to the death house, N.Y. Times, Feb. 7, 2000.
Brummett, John, The case against the death penalty, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Feb. 13, 2000.
Bryce, Robert, Death takes a holiday, Austin Chronicle, Oct. 19, 1999.
Butterfield, Fox, Behind the death row bottleneck, N.Y. Times, Jan. 25, 1998, at 4-1.
Butterfield, Fox, New study adds to evidence of bias in death sentences, N.Y. Times, June 7, 1998
Carelli, Richard, Speed up on death row not working, Associated Press, Dec. 13, 1999.
Catholic News Service, Pope appeals for end to capital punishment during jubilee year, Dec. 15, 1999.
Chambers, Aaron, Resources a concern in death penalty reform, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 24, 1999.
Charen, Mona, DNA tests can avert awful errors, Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 16, 2000
Chiarito, Bob, House panel set to consider moratorium on executions, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Jan.26, 2000, at 3.
Chivers, C. J., As DNA aides rape inquiries, statutory limits block cases, N.Y. Times, Feb. 9, 2000, at A1.
Claibourne, William, Illinois governor, citing errors will block executions, Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2000, at A1.
Claibourne, William, Illinois order on executions lauded, Washington Post,, Feb. 1, 2000, at A2.
CNN, Illinois governor announces moratorium in executions, believes death penalty system “needs to be studied,” CNN Morning News, Jan. 31, 2000 (available at www.cnn.com)
CNN, Sentenced to die, CNN Evening News, January 9, 2000 (available at www.cnn.com)
Cohen, Warren, Putting a hold on executions: Nebraska may study wrong convictions, U.S. News & World Report, May 31, 1999.
Cole, David, Opinion: Race, life and death, Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2000.
Cole, Yoji, Arizona attorney general wants to find ways to speed executions, The Arizona Republic, Feb. 16, 2000.
Date, S.V., The high price of killing killers, Palm Beach Post, Jan. 4, 2000.
Date, S.V. Court: Lethal injection makes electric chair challenge moot, Palm Beach Post, Jan. 25, 2000.
Date, S.V. and Marcia Gelbart, Limits Set On Appeals To Speed Executions, Palm Beach Post Staff, Jan. 8, 2000.
Davidson, Lee, Death row the end? Most get out alive, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Dec. 13, 1999
Davis v. Johnson, 8 F. Supp.2d 897, 907 (S.D. Tex. 1998) (J. Hughes) (because the death penalty attracts the attention of law enforcement, prosecution, courts and the public to gruesome, sensational, but largely irrational, episodic murders, [it] deflect[s] attention from the largely routine crimes that actually destroy the quality of life generally).
Death row haunts ‘merciless’ Bush, London Times, Jan. 5, 2000
Dedman, Bill, DNA tests are freeing scores of prison inmates, N.Y. Times, April 19, 1999.
DiIulio, John J., Abolish the death penalty, officially, The Wall St. Journal, Dec. 15, 1997, at A23
Dolan, Maura, Execution issue clouds Davis’ judge selections, L.A. Times, Nov. 13, 1999.
Don’t ask, don’t listen, Virginian-Pilot, Feb. 4, 2000, at B10.
Dow, David, The real scandal on death row is inept lawyers, Houston Chronicle, Feb. 23, 2000
Duggan, Paul, More U.S. Executions - and More Debate on Death Penalty, International Herald Tribune, Dec. 15, 1999, at 2.
Duggan, Paul, Rising number of executions welcomed, decried, Washington Post, Dec. 13, 1999, at A03.
Dyckman, Martin, Death penalty law is a diabolical trap, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 24, 2000.
Dyckman, Martin, Playing death penalty politics, St. Petersburg Times, January 4, 2000, at 9A.
Dyckman, Martin, Few have courage to take a stand, St. Petersburg Times, Jan. 11, 2000.
Dyckman, Martin, A system too flawed for executions, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 1, 2000, at 9A.
Editorial, Affront to justice, St. Petersburg Times, January 5, 2000.
Editorial, Bush blind to execution’s dangers, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 18, 2000.
Editorial, The capital city’s capital case, Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2000, at A20.
Editorial, Case against death penalty grows, USA Today, Feb. 11, 2000.
Editorial, Dead on arrival: Death penalty repeal will not survive, Daily Democrat, March 13, 2000.
Editorial, Death penalty pause, Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2000, at A30.
Editorial, Death takes a holiday, The Nation, March 6, 2000, at 3.
Editorial, DNA and justice, Washington Post, Dec. 22, 1999, at A32.
Editorial, Down with the death penalty, The Economist, May 15, 1999.
Editorial, A federal execution moratorium?, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 8, 2000, at 12.
Editorial, Fix this broken system, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 1, 2000, at 12.
Editorial, Killings require moral certainty, Austin-American Statesman, Jan. 3, 2000.
Editorial, Lock up the death penalty, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 3, 2000.
Editorial, The governor of Illinois takes a principled stand, San Francisco Examiner, Feb. 3, 2000.
Editorial, Illinois reprieve, Boston Globe, Feb. 3, 2000.
Editorial, A moratorium on killing, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Dec. 26, 1999.
Editorial, A muddled law, Kentucky Post, Feb. 10, 2000
Editorial, New looks at the death penalty, N. Y. Times, Feb. 19, 2000.
Editorial, One courageous governor, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 6, 2000, at 2D.
Editorial, Pause to reflect: A principle governor bravely halts executions, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 3, 2000.
Editorial, Reforms are needed for the system to be fair, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 20, 1998, at 2J.
Editorial, Rising doubts on death penalty, USA Today, Dec. 22, 1999, at 17A.
Editorial, State's death penalty must be re-examined, Salem Statesman Journal, Feb. 8, 2000.
Editorial, Stay the execution: Mentally incarcerated inmate should remain incarcerated, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 20, 2000.
Editorial, A timeout on the death penalty, N.Y. Times, Feb. 1, 2000.
Editorial, Toward fairer capital punishment, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 5, 1999.
Ethics and Public Policy Center, Current Catholic Thought on the Death Penalty, Center Conversations, Sept. 1999, No. 2.
Exoneration is sought in Ill. death row case, Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2000.
Fiengold, Senator Russell, Statement on Governor Ryan’s Decision to Suspend Executions in Illinois, United States Senate, Jan. 31, 2000.
Fiorenza, Bishop Jospeh A., What every Catholic should know about capital punishment, Columbia, Jan. 2000.
Freedberg, Sydney P., Ex-death row inmate gets walking papers, St. Petersburg Times, March 17, 2000.
Freedberg, Sydney P., Florida governor tells ex-judge to name those wrongly executed, St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 29, 2000.
Freedberg, Sydney P., The wrong man is on death row, lawyer argues, St. Petersburg Times, Sept. 3, 1999.
Frum, David, The justice Americans demand, N.Y. Times, Feb. 4, 2000.
Gauen, Patrick E., Illinois jurist offers strident criticism of the death penalty, St. Louis Post- Dispatch, May 2, 1999.
Gillespie, Mark, Public opinion supports the death penalty, Gallup News Service, Feb. 24, 1999 (available at www.gallup.com/poll/releases).
Glasser, Jeff, Death be not proud: The youngest inmates prepare to die for their crimes, U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 17, 2000.
Green, Frank, Official fears moratorium on executions in state: He pushes bid to sidetrack study of death-row appeals, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 4, 2000
Greenhouse, Linda, Court’s refusal to hear cases preserves delays on death row, N.Y. Times, Nov. 9, 1999, at A1.
Hastorok, Pamela, Political theater produces capital punishment farce, Daytona Beach Journal, Jan. 9, 2000, at D1.
Hannity & Colmes,Karla Faye Tucker case, Fox News Network, Jan. 15, 1998.
Hasterok, Pamela, Political theater produces capital punishment farce, Daytona Beach News- Journal, Jan. 9, 2000.
Heller, Emily, Docs refuse to open death’s door: Doctors, prosecutors fight over man too mentally ill to execute, National Law Journal, Nov. 1, 1999, at A5.
Hitchens, Christopher, Bush’s death watch, The Nation, August 23, 1999.
Hitchens, Christopher, Bush’s death trip, The Nation, March 6, 2000, at 9.
High court puts death cases back into play: errors were found in 10 of 12 capital punishment cases reviewed this year, Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 24, 1999, at D1
Hladky, Mary, No final judgment; On death they do part; Chief justice urges Floridians to rethink capital punishment, Miami Daily Business Review, Feb. 20, 1998.
Howlett, Debbie, Moratorium effort intensifies in Illinois, USA Today, Jan. 21, 2000.
Ivins, Molly, DNA trapped in old body of evidence, Binghampton Press, Jan. 16, 2000.
Janofsky, Michael, Parents of gay obtain mercy for his killer, N.Y. Times, Nov. 5, 1999, at A1.
Johnson, Dirk, Illinois, citing faulty verdicts, bars executions, N.Y. Times, Feb. 1, 2000, at A1.
Johnson, Dirk, Legislature of Nebraska votes pause in executions, N.Y. Times, May 21, 1999.
Johnson, Mark, Panel questions how death penalty is used: Focus includes race, mentally retarded defendants, Charlotte Observer, Feb. 17, 2000.
Just another night on death row, National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 4, 2000.
Justice is a grim reaper in Texas, National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 4, 2000.
Justice, Glen, Cardinal Bevilacqua argues for bill halting death penalty, The Inquirer, Feb. 23, 2000
Kaplan, Carl, Execution Debate is broadened by photos on web, N.Y. Times Cyberlaw Journal, Oct. 29, 1999.
Kaul, Donald, Our barbaric capital punishment system still masquerades as justice, Des Moines Register, Feb. 27, 2000.
Keve, Paul W., The costliest punishment, Federal Probation, March 1992.
Kinzer, Stephen, Turkey delays the execution of rebel Kurd: Action may ease entry into European Union, N.Y. Times, Jan. 13, 2000, at A1.
Kroll, Michael, Executioner’s swan song?, Pacific News Service, Feb. 9, 2000 (available at www.salon.com/news/feature/2000/02/08/death_penalty/index.html).
Koppel, Ted & Terry Moran, Dead men talking: the danger of executing the innocent, Nightline, Nov. 18, 1998.
Kotlowitz, Alex, Comment; The execution of youth, The New Yorker, Jan. 17, 2000, at 23.
Kozinski, Alex & Sean Gallagher, For an honest death penalty, N.Y. Times, Mar. 8, 1995.
Leahy to introduce “Innocence Protection Act,” U.S. Newswire, Feb. 4, 2000.
Local bar association calls for death penalty moratorium, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 15, 1999.
Lovinger, Caitlin, Death row’s living alumni, N.Y.Times, Aug 22, 1999, at 4-1.
Malcolm, Teresa, Tucker’s death affected Robertson views, Nat’l Catholic Reporter, Apr. 23, 1999.
Mansnerus, Laura, Dead men suing, New York Times, Book Review, Nov. 21, 1999.
Mauro, Tony, Supreme Court shifting subtly in death cases, New York Law Journal, Feb. 15, 2000, at 2.
Mauro, Tony, Death penalty on high court’s mind, USA Today, Nov. 15, 1999, at 6A.
McQueen, Michele, Crime and Punishment, Nightline, ABC News, Feb. 3, 2000.
Mears, Michael, The death penalty and racial bias in Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 1, 2000.
McCarthy, Bishop John, The injustice in our death penalty system, Austin American Statesman, Feb. 23, 2000.
McCormick, John, Behind the death penalty moratorium, Newsweek, Feb. 5, 2000.
McGlone, Tim, Two Virginia death penalty cases receive world attention: Groups speak out for 2 who were juveniles when they killed, Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 9, 2000, at A1.
McGlone, Tim, State’s death row cases draw High Court scrutiny, Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 9, 1999, at A1.
McLaughlin, Abraham, 98 executions in ‘99 reignite a capital debate, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 27, 1999.
Miller, Carol Marbin, Florida high court raises standard for death row case lawyers, Miami Daily Business Review, Nov. 5, 1999.
Miller, Bill, Execution sought in Starbuck’s killings, Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2000.
Mills, Steve & Ken Armstrong, Another death row inmate cleared: Failure of the death penalty in Illinois, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 19, 2000
Mills, Steve & Ken Armstrong, Illinois prosecutors under glare at death penalty hearing, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 26, 2000.
Milloy, Courtland, A death penalty study in balck and white, Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2000.
Mintz, Howard, Slow death: The capital punishment gridlock, San Jose Mercury News, March 13, 2000.
Moselely, Don, Torture in Area 2, 60 Minutes II, Dec. 7, 1999.
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference, A Good Friday appeal to end the death penalty, April 2, 1999 (available at www./nccbuscc.org)
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference, Communications Division, “National Jewish/Catholic Consultation in New Statement Urges End to the Death Penalty; Pledges Joint Efforts for Abolition,” Dec. 3, 1999 (available at www./nccbuscc.org)
NBC, Take This Sabbath Day, The West Wing, Feb. 9, 2000.
Neuhaus, Richard John, The Public Square, First Things 92: 60-75 (1998).
Niebuhr, Gustav, Governor grants Pope’s plea for life for a Missouri inmate, N.Y. Times, Jan. 29, 1999.
Niebuhr, Gustav, Tucker case may split evangelical Christians, N.Y. Times, Feb. 4, 1998.
Niebuhr, Gustav, U.S. Bishops urging Catholics to be politically involved, N.Y. Times, Oct. 20, 1999, at A18.
Neikirk, William, Clinton mulls stay of federal executions, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 5, 2000.
Noonan, David, Death row cost is a killer: Capital cases can’t be handled fairly and affordably, critics claim, N.Y. Daily News, Oct. 17, 1999.
O’Hanlon, Kevin, Nebraska legislature passes nation’s first moratorium on executions, Associated Press, May 20, 1999
O’Shea, Margaret, Race plays into death penalty use, The Augusta Chronicle, Nov. 14, 1999.
Osnos, Evan and David Heinzmann, Death penalty remains an option; Ryan’s execution halt won’t deter prosecutors, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 31, 2000, at 1.
Page, Clarence, Closing the margin of error, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 2, 2000, at 19.
Page, Clarence, When reasonable doubt persists again, and again, and ..., Chicago Tribune, Feb. 20, 2000.
Pressley, Sue Anne, Florida votes bill adding method of execution, Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2000, at A14.
Pollitt, Katha, The death penalty in theory and practice, The Nation, March 6, 2000, at 10.
Reilly, Sean, What would Jesus do?, Mobile Register, Jan. 7, 2000
Rowell, Rainbow, Benetton ads feed on misery, Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 14, 2000.
Roberts, Rosemary, It’s time to abolish the death penalty, North Carolina News & Record, Feb. 2, 2000.
Shapiro, Joseph, The wrong men on death row, U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 9, 1998, at 22.
Sussman, Dalia, Split decision on death penalty: Alternative dilutes desire for capital punishment, ABC News, Jan. 20, 2000 (available at ).
Reuters, No evidence death penalty deters crime, Reno says, ABCNEWS.GO.COM, Jan. 20, 2000.
Robertson, Pat, Sparing Cain: executive clemency in capital cases, program at the Association of the of the City of New York, Feb. 18, 1999.
Rimer, Sara, Questions of death row justice for poor people in Alabama, N. Y. Times, March 1, 2000, at A1.
Rimer, Sara, Florida legislature deals with death, N.Y. Times, Jan. 6, 2000, at A22.
Rimer, Sara, Florida Lawmakers reject electric chair, N.Y. Times, Jan. 7, 2000.
Rimer, Sara, Florida passes bill to quicken execution pace, N.Y. Times, Jan. 8, 2000, at A1.
Rosin, Hanna, Catholic, Jewish leaders target death penalty in national effort, Washington Post, Dec. 6, 1999, at A2.
Rovella, David E., Race pervades death penalty, Nat’l Law Journal, June 8, 1998.
Rubinstein, Rabbi Peter J., A Sermon for Yom Kippur 5760, Manhattan Central Synagogue, Sept. 19, 1999. S
andberg, Lisa, Texas ignores international outcry, executes killer, San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 27, 2000.
Sussman, Dalia, Split decision on death penalty: Alternative dilutes desire for capital punishment, ABC Evening News, Jan. 19, 2000 (available at www.abcnews.com).
Texas Catholics chip away against the death penalty, National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 4, 2000.
Terrell, Charles T., Second thoughts from a longtime supporter, Dallas Morning News, March 2, 2000.
Von Drehle, David, Capital punishment in paralysis, Miami Herald, July 10, 1998.
Wallace-Wells, Benjamin, States follow Illinois lead on death penalty, Boston Globe, Feb. 9, 2000.
Walters, Barbara, Interview with Jesse Ventura, 20/20, Friday, Oct. 8, 1999.
Weinstein, Henry, Faster death penalty appeals rejected, L.A. Times, Jan. 25, 2000, at A3.
Williams, Chris, Texas governor urged to call off month's last executions, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 18, 2000
Willing, Richard Department of Justice panel wants no limits on DNA appeals, USA Today, Sept. 27, 1999, at 1.
Willing, Richard & Gary Fields, Geography of the death penalty: Prosecutor often determines which way a case will go, USA Today, Dec. 20, 1999, at 6A.
Wood, James, Playing God, The New Republic, Feb. 21, 2000.
Yardley, Jim, A role model for executions, N.Y. Times, Jan. 9, 2000, at WK-5.
Yardley, Jim, Texas’ busy death chamber helps define Bush’s tenure, N.Y. Times, Jan. 7, 2000, at A1.