Thomson West has just published the 3rd edition of Death Penalty in a Nutshell by Elon University School of Law professor Victor Streib.
From the publisher: Covering both the substantive and the procedural law of the death penalty, this title begins with the arguments for and against the death penalty and an explanation of its basic constitutional challenges and limitations. Major sections cover capital crimes and defenses, as well as trial level and posttrial procedural issues. Topics such as race and gender bias and executing the innocent are included, as well as a section on international and foreign law issues. Current as of July 2008, this book serves both as supplemental reading for death penalty courses and as a concise, narrative explanation of death penalty law.
Streib is a national authority on the death penalty and itsapplication to women and juveniles. He has been quoted on violent crime and the death penalty in the New YorkTimes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time magazine.