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11 January 2012

Is the death penalty cruel and unusual?

For the week of January 15th, 2012

Guest: John Bessler, assistant professor at University of Baltimore School of Law, adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, leading legal expert on the death penalty and author of Cruel and Unusual.

Issues: History of the death penalty in the US, the constitutionality of the death penalty, evolving attitudes on the death penalty, the 8th Amendment, definition of cruel and unusual.

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