"[The] reader is offered a substantial number of questions to ponder regarding the powerful tools available to leaders responsible for obviating inconsistencies or injustices in the law. Such questions are useful for a continued and vital debate about how, and to what extent, these powers should be used at all."The Law and Politics Book Review "Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency is a welcome addition to our understanding of the political and legal world. The book is unique insofar as it addresses many of the nuances associated with a topic that, for many, is isolated to the action taken by Governor Ryan to empty Illinois's death row in January 2003."Beau Breslin, Skidmore College
Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. Nasser Hussain is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.
Table of Contents Toward New Theoretical Perspectives on Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency: An Introduction Nasser Hussain and Austin Sarat Tempering or Tampering? Mercy and the Administration of Criminal Justice Carol S. Steiker Should Mercy Have a Place in Clemency Decisions Daniel T. Kobil The Merciful State Linda Ross Meyer Revising the Past: On The Metaphysics of Repentance, Forgiveness, and Pardon Meir Dan-Cohen Comparative National Blaming: W.G. Sebald on the Bombing of Germany Bruce Robbins Keeping the Peace Adam Sitze Index