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Durham Law School research used in new attempt to end the death penalty in California

(25 October 2017)

A case is being considered by the Supreme Court of California that could lead to the abolition of capital punishment in that state. In State v. Steskal, research on sentencing by Durham Law School’s Dean Thom Brooks is cited and quoted in support of ending the death penalty.

A case is being considered by the Supreme Court of California that could lead to the abolition of capital punishment in that state. In State v. Steskal, research on sentencing by Durham Law School’s Dean Thom Brooks is cited and quoted in support of ending the death penalty. His work was previously cited and quoted by the Connecticut Supreme Court in Santiago (II) leading to the abolition of capital punishment in Brooks’s home state in what is called a “watershed” case now being tested in California. Brooks, who is also Professor of Law and Government, said: “I’m proud to have given support to ending the death penalty in my native US state and I believe my work – and that of others – has the potential to help end capital punishment in more US states.”