Capital Punishment in the '80's: Reflections on the Symposium.

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Looking at this, the first major symposium treating capital punishment as it is administered in the post-Gregg era, one is struck by both the ways in which this body of scholarship resembles the work of the pre-Furman era and by the ways in which it is different. The most striking difference lies in the concerns of the legal scholars. The big issue that so concerned an earlier generation-the constitutionality of the death penalty given the eighth amendment and evolving standards of decency-is nowhere directly addressed. Instead, the task that lawyers in the symposium set themselves is to identify constitutional deficiencies in the way that people are selected for death and to suggest ways that these deficiencies may be corrected