The Death Penalty and Socioeconomic Equity
Perini, Joanna T.
Washington and Lee University, Shepherd Poverty Program
Legal assistance to the poor
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
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 penalty debate. 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