Professor Evan Mandery, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report and The Crime Report about his new book A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America. Based on four years of archival research and more than 100 interviews with former Supreme Court law clerks, litigators, and academics, the book tells the behind-the-scenes story of two landmark Supreme Court decisions from the 1970s. In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law in Furman v. Georgia—a decision that divided the justices. In 1976, the Gregg v. Georgia decision reauthorized capital punishment.
To read U.S. New & World Report interview, click here.
To read The Crime Report interview, click here.
Mandery is a former capital litigator and is the author of twenty law review articles on the subject and a textbook currently in its second edition. He has also written three novels. His most recent, Q, was published in 2011 by HarperCollins.