Thursday, April 4, 2013

Capital Punishment Presentation

Capital Punishment

Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00PM
Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 Rittenhouse Square 

Free and open to the public!

 The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia presents another in its Constitution at Work Series examining important issues in relation to the Constitution, legal rulings, and ethics. 

Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, Hugh Taft-Morales, will discuss constitutional and ethical issues about the death penalty with University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Kim Roosevelt. 

The two will address many issues including the purpose of the criminal justice system, constitutional challenges to capital punishment based on the 5th, 8th and 14th amendments, proportionality, and problems that arise in application of the death penalty. 

After questions and comments from the floor, there will be time for conversation over refreshments.

Prof. Roosevelt’s areas of expertise are constitutional law, conflicts of law, and federal jurisdiction.  His latest book, Conflict of Laws (Foundation Press 2010) offers an accessible analytical overview of conflicts. His prior book, The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions (Yale, 2006) sets out standards by which citizens can determine whether the Supreme Court is abusing its authority. He has also published in the Virginia, Michigan and Columbia law reviews, among others, and his articles have been cited twice by the Supreme Court and numerous times by state and lower federal courts. He represents a detainee in the detention center at Guant├ínamo Bay, Cuba. He also is the author of a novel, In the Shadow of the Law (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005).