The Death Penalty and Socioeconomic Equity
Perini, Joanna T.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Legal assistance to the poor
New York (State)
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Joanna T. Perini is a member of the Class of 2003 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]The case of Larry Osborne raises a number of issues central to the death penaltydebate. One of the most glaring issues raised by this case is that of equity in the application of the death penalty. Is a defendant who receives appointed counsel, and must rely on the state for funding, at a great disadvantage compared to a defendant who has the financial resources to provide his own defense? How does the issue of socioeconomic equity vary from state to state? Specifically, how does a rather wealthy and liberal state, New York, differ from a more conservative state with fewer resources, Kentucky? [From Introduction]Joanna Traffley Perini