The Death Penalty and VLS

As a follow up to the very successful, Vermont Law Review symposium, “New Perspectives on Capital Punishment,” on Friday, February 11th 2011, it is worth noting the array of materials in the Cornell Library on topic of capital punishment.

Over 200 books can be found by searching for “Capital Punishment” as the subject heading in our online catalog, JULIEN. Searchers should note that books are cataloged under the narrowest subject heading that best describes the book. So, for geographic subheadings, use the name of the country of the state: capital punishment—United states, capital punishment—Florida.  Books that focus on the defendant can be found under the subject: “Death Row Inmates.”

So, any other VLS connection to the topic?   Professor Michael Mello, late professor of VLS, who passed away in 2008, was a death penalty advocate/lawyer involved in many death penalty cases. Mello was also a prolific writer.

The library is proud to have all ten of Professor Mello’s books, including six on the topic of the death penalty:

Facing the Death Penalty: Essays on a Cruel and Unusual Punishment: HV8699.U5 F33 1989

Against the Death Penalty: the Relentless Dissents of Justices Brennan and Marshall. KF9227.C2 M38 1996

Dead Wrong: A Death Row Lawyer Speaks out Against Capital Punishment.  KF9227.C2 M383 1997

The Wrong Man: A True Story Of Innocence On Death Row.  HV8699.U5 M45 2001

Deathwork: Defending The Condemned. KF373.M45 A3 2002

For those of you who did not know Professor Mello, tributes from the memorial service appear on the web and in the Vermont Law Review .

Written by CAY and HEC