April 2007 Vol. 105 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Welsh S. White: Litigating in the Shadow of Death: Defense Attorneys in Capital Cases

Sean D. O'Brien

Capital Defense Lawyers: 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Litigating in the Shadow of Death: Defense Attorneys in Capital Cases.By Welsh S. White. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2006. Pp. 219. Cloth, $60; paper, $21.95.

Professor Welsh S. White’s book Litigating in the Shadow of Death: Defense Attorneys in Capital Cases collects the compelling stories of “a new band of dedicated lawyers” that has “vigorously represented capital defendants, seeking to prevent their executions.” Sadly, Professor White passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2005, days before the release of his final work. To the well-deserved accolades of Professor White that were recently published in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, I can only add a poignant comment in a student blog that captures his excellence as a scholar and educator: “I wanted to spend more time being taught by him.”

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