The purpose of this article is to begin to sociologically define a legal standard for the courts of mitigating factors that should influence the sentence of death. The article also describes a method of inquiry that makes this definition reasonable. The material presented is intended to serve as a guide for the investigation of mitigating circumstances for the sentencing phase of a death penalty trial. This paper outlines a method of historical investigation that has proven effective in development of evidence at the sentencing phase of the trial. It is useful both as a foundation for expert sociological testimony, as well as providing a firm foundation for experts in other disciplines.
"Mitigation Evaluation: Preparation for a Death Penalty Trial,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol14/iss1/10