By Melancton Smith | Monday June 29, 2015 at 6:31 PM PDT | Comments Off on Justices Breyer and Ginsburg Would Hold the Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Today, the Supreme Court in an ongoing effort to micromanage state laws and procedures reviewed whether a certain chemical cocktail used by Oklahoma in executions is constitutional. In a 5-4 decision, the Court rejected the challenge to the use of the chemical midazolam. What is especially of interest is a dissenting opinion in which...
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Tags: Capital Punishment, Constitution, Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, death penalty, Eighth Amendment, Glossip v. Gross, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court
By William Watkins | Monday May 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM PDT | 1 Comment
The Supreme Court decided an 8th Amendment case today, Graham v. Florida. The Court held that the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause does not permit a juvenile offender to be sentenced to life in prison without parole for a nonhomicide crime. While reasonable people can agree or disagree with the Court’s decision as a...
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Tags: 8th Amendment, Bill of Rights, Clarence Thomas, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, Eighth Amendment, Law