Capital punishment in Jewish, American law to be discussed

November 7, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Feliza Casano


The UT College of Law will host Samuel J. Levine’s lecture, “An Analysis of Capital Punishment in Jewish Law, With Possible Lessons for the American Legal System,” at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Law Center Auditorium.

Levine will examine the principles of capital punishment in Jewish law and discuss ways those principles could be applied to ideas about capital punishment in American law.

“Capital punishment is a hotly debated issue, and it’s very controversial,” said Nicole Porter, UT associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law. “People always debate the issue on their own moral principles, and this lecture will be very interesting because it will allow the audience to see the issue from another distinct perspective.”

Levine is a law professor and director of the Jewish Law Institute at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in New York City and previously was on the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a scholar in many branches of law, including criminal law, constitutional law and Jewish law.

Pizza will be served at the free, public lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the David S. Stone Jewish Law Fund, established in the Toledo Jewish Community Foundation in 2001.

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