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Does Death Penalty Save Lives? A New Debate

Publication Date: 
November 18, 2007
The New York Times
Adam Liptak

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted and the Stanford Law Review is referenced in a New York Times article about the debate over the deterrent effect of capital punishment:

Professor Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, a law professor at Harvard, wrote in their own Stanford Law Review article that ''the recent evidence of a deterrent effect from capital punishment seems impressive, especially in light of its 'apparent power and unanimity,' '' quoting a conclusion of a separate overview of the evidence in 2005 by Robert Weisberg, a law professor at Stanford, in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.


The recent studies are, some independent observers say, of good quality, given the limitations of the available data.

''These are sophisticated econometricians who know how to do multiple regression analysis at a pretty high level,'' Professor Weisberg of Stanford said.