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17 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 77 (2008-2009)
International Law and the Mortal Precipice: A Legal Policy Critique of the Death Row Phenomenon

handle is hein.journals/tulicl17 and id is 79 raw text is: International Law and the Mortal Precipice:
A Legal Policy Critique of the
Death Row Phenomenon
David A. Sadoff*
I.    INTRODUCTION     ............................................................................... 78
II.   CLARIFYING THE CONCEPT OF THE DEATH Row
PHENOMENON      .................................................................................. 81
A .    W hat t  s ..............................................t.I..................................  81
B .    W hat It Is  N ot .......................................................................  83
III. DEATH Row PHENOMENON CASE LAW AND ITS POLITICAL
R ESPON  SE  ....................................................................................... 85
A.    Soering v. United Kingdom ................................................. 86
B.    Case Law of the Human Rights Committee ....            .......     89
C     Case Law of the Judicial Committee of the Pi.vy
C ouncil  .................................................................................  92
D     Case Law ofDomestic Courts ............................................. 93
E     PolitcalReactions to the Case Law ..................................... 97
IV    LEGAL POLICY ANALYSIS OF THE DEATH Row PHENOMENON ......... 98
A.    Confinement Conditions ...................................................... 99
B.    Time in Detention and the Appeals Process ....................... 99
C     A ttribution  ofD elay  ............................................................... 101
D     Extenuating Circumstances .................................................... 104
E     Resulting Stress andAnguish ................................................. 105
E     Risk that Death Sentence Will Be Imposed and
Im plem  ented   ........................................................................... 106
V     PROPOSED APPROACHES TO THE DEATH Row PHENOMENON .......... 108
A.    Ex Post Claim Evaluation ....................................................... 108
B.    ExAnte Claim Evaluation ...................................................... 109
V I.  C ON CLU SION  .................................................................................... 110
*    © 2008 David A. Sadoff. The author is a doctoral candidate in Public International
Law at the Universit6 de Gen~ve in Switzerland. He formerly served as Deputy Legal Adviser to
the National Security Council and as Assistant General Counsel at the Central Intelligence
Agency. All statements of fact, opinion, and analysis expressed herein are entirely his own and
are not attributable to the U.S. Government in whole or in part. The author expresses a special
thanks to Sandra Krahenmann for her constructive comments.
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