Dedication Acknowledgments Historical Timeline of the Death Penalty Countries with and without the Death Penalty States with and without the Death Penalty Preface 1: The Death Penalty Yesterday and Today 2: Moral and Religious Underpinnings of the Death Penalty 3: The Media as a Messenger of Death 4: The Death Penalty as a Political Tool 5: The Failure and Fate of Capital Punishment
Andrea D. Lyon is an award-winning criminal defense attorney and Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School. The first woman to be lead counsel in a death case in the United States, she has tried more than 130 homicide cases, more than thirty of which were potential capital cases. Of those nineteen were convicted and found eligible for the death penalty. None of those clients received the death penalty. Lyon is the author of a memoir Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer, as well as other books and articles.
Andrea Lyon, Dean of Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana, once again brings her prodigious experience and knowledge to one of the most vexing and polarizing issues in our society, the death penalty, posing the question in her latest book:'What's keeping it alive?' ...Lyon's book includes several informative charts and appendices, as well as links to the most current data on the death penalty...Lyon predicts that the death penalty's days are numbered. Current debates about its cost and effectiveness, now occurring in most states where it hangs on, support her prediction. If it ends - or, to put it hopefully, when it ends - Andrea Lyon's reasoned, calm, yet passionate voice will have played an integral part in its demise. This book lays another blow to it. The Champion, NACDL A stinging indictment of the death penalty system, focusing in most closely and importantly on the role of the media, and, especially, the moral corruption that permeates many of the prosecutors' offices that regularly do death penalty cases. A must read for anyone interested in this topic. -- Michael L. Perlin, New York Law School This is an impassioned brief against the American death penalty from a knowledgeable criminal justice insider. Experienced capital defense attorney Andrea D. Lyon shows us through her own life's work why capital punishment is-and should be-headed for history's dustbin. -- Carol Steiker, Harvard University Andrea Lyon does a superb job capturing the key issues surrounding the death penalty-past and present. Framed from the perspective of a lawyer who has litigated capital cases, Lyon presents the information with a balanced perspective and thoroughly canvasses the legal landscape of the death penalty. -- Durant Frantzen, Texas A&M University-San Antonio