For more than 300 years Massachusetts executed men and women convicted of murder. This book offers an account of how the efforts of reformers and abolitionists and the Supreme Judicial Court's commitment to the rule of law ultimately converged to end the death penalty in Massachusetts.
ALAN ROGERS is professor of history at Boston College and a past president of the New England Historical Association.
"The range and depth of coverage are impressive.... The twelve chapters address key aspects of jurisprudence, such as defendant rights, the insanity issue, the right to an attorney, criminal discovery, confession, and the selection of an impartial jury.... This is masterful scholarship on an immensely important subject." - Lawrence Goodheart, author of Mad Yankees "This book is a perfect model for any future death penalty historian - one can only hope that Rogers's successors will do for states such as Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio what he has done for Massachusetts." - Hugo A. Bedeau, author of The Death Penalty in America"
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