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University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

2008

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The Geronimo Bank Murders: A Gay Tragedy, Joan W. Howarth Jan 2008

The Geronimo Bank Murders: A Gay Tragedy, Joan W. Howarth

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The Geronimo Bank Murders examines the intersection of homosexuality and capital punishment through the lenses of cultural criticism, queer theory, and legal analysis. The paper's subject is Jay Neill, who was executed in 2002 for murdering four people in a gruesome Geronimo, Oklahoma bank robbery in 1984, and for being gay. Current capital punishment doctrine permits, and perhaps even encourages, such results. The Geronimo Bank Murders recasts Neill's story, privileging homosexuality and gender, and uses that account to make three points, each based in law, culture, and politics. First, as a matter of legal doctrine, recognizing the error ...