Lexington, VA • Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Three criminal law scholars will discuss and debate death penalty issues at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 25, from 4:30 -5:45 pm in Classroom A of the Law School. This event is open to the public.
The discussion will focus primarily on the influence of contemporary culture on the Supreme Court’s death penalty rulings. Panelists will also address the impact of international views about the death penalty on the death penalty debate in the United States and explore the persistence of racial and economic disparities in the application of the death penalty.
- Professor Corinna Barrett Lain from the University of Richmond School of Law, who will present “Deciding Death: The Supreme Court, Culture, and the Limits of Legal Decision-Making.”
- Professor Paul Marcus from William and Mary School of Law, who will present “Leaving the Usual Looking Glass – the Death Penalty from an International Perspective.”
- Professor Scott Sundby from Washington and Lee University School of Law, who will present “Can the Death Penalty Be Fairly Applied? Of Lawyers, Juries, and the Search for Moral Consistency.”
The discussion will be moderated by Professor David Bruck, Director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee.