Award-Winning Criminal Defense Attorney and Dean of Valparaiso University Law School Turns Critical Eye on Death Penalty with New Book, “The Death Penalty. What

VALPARAISO, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nationally recognized death penalty expert and judicial reform advocate

Andrea D. Lyon has been fighting for social and judicial reform in the

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defense attorney and the first woman to be lead counsel in a death

penalty case in the U.S., Lyon has seen firsthand why the death penalty

remains a deadly political tool in the United States.

She has tried more than 130 homicide cases, more than 30 of which were

potential capital cases. Of those cases, 19 clients were convicted and

found eligible for the death penalty.

None of those clients received the death penalty.

In her just-released second book, "The Death Penalty. What's Keeping

it Alive." (Rowman & Littlefield), Lyon delivers a stinging

indictment and impassioned brief against the American death penalty from

her singular vantage point as a criminal justice insider. She explores

the key issues surrounding the death penalty past and present; takes the

media to task for its role as a "messenger of death" in sensationalizing

high-profile capital cases; and sends a shot across the bow of

prosecutors' offices that often use the death penalty as a political

tool to win their cases, stroke their own egos or obtain personal gain.

Lyon also argues that the combination of religious and moral convictions

play a critical role in the death penalty debate, as does media coverage

of crime and punishment. But she firmly believes politics is the

800-pound gorilla in the courtroom and remains a lethal political tool

in most of the United States (18 states and the District of Columbia

have banned it; the remaining states have not).

About Valparaiso Law School Dean Andrea D. Lyon, J.D.:

Lyon's criminal defense and law school teaching career spans positions

with the Chicago Public Defender Office's Felony Trial Division and

Chief of the Homicide Task Force; founder and Director of the Illinois

Capital Resource Center; Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at the

University of Michigan; and as a Clinical Professor of Law, Associate

Dean of Clinical Programs and Director of the Center for Justice in

Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She was an

integral player during former Illinois Governor George Ryan's efforts to

declare a moratorium on executions and later commute all death sentences

to life; along with pardoning four Death Row inmates based on innocence

(The Illinois Legislature abolished the death penalty in 2012). Lyon was

named Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School in June 2014.

In addition to her latest book, Lyon has also authored "Angel of

Death: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer," and the American

Bar Association book, "Team Defense in Criminal Cases." She has

appeared on a number of national news programs and has written

extensively on the promotion of social justice, equity improvement

in the criminal justice system. For information on Andrea D. Lyon



"The Death Penalty. What's Keeping it Alive." is available

through and other book retailers, or through publisher Rowman

& Littlefield (

ISBN: 978-1-4422-3267-9).

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