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Published: 09 January 2018

320 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198798477

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Justice, Mercy, and Caprice

Clemency and the Death Penalty in Ireland

Ian O'Donnell

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • Presents unique analysis of the Irish government's decision to grant clemency in death penalty cases between the end of the civil war in 1923 and abolition in 1990.
  • Focuses on a wide range of never-before-used archival material.
  • Examines the extent to which the actions of the state in granting clemency exemplify justice or mercy, and highlights competing constitutional, normative, and political stances.