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On This Date in Legal History

On June 20, 2002, the United States Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the Eighth Amendment prohibited the sentencing of an intellectually disabled person to death. Justice John Paul Stevens, who authored the majority opinion for the Court, explained–“We … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In Baze v. Rees two death row inmates challenged the lethal injection protocol used in Kentucky death penalty cases. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued that the “procedures pose a danger of cruelly inhumane executions.” On April 16, 2008, the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gregg v. Georgia on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court proceedings … Continue reading

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On June 29, 1972, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Furman v. Georgia. Prisoners appealed their death sentences– claiming that the punishment, as applied to them, was unconstitutional. The Court agreed, and held–“the death penalty did violate … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 20, 2002, the United States Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the Eighth Amendment prohibited the sentencing of a mentally retarded person to death. Justice John Paul Stevens, who authored the majority opinion for the Court, explained–“We … Continue reading

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On May 17, 2010, the United States Supreme Court decided Graham v. Florida. The Court held that it was unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole for non-homicidal offenses. Justice Kennedy wrote—“The Eighth Amendment does … Continue reading

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In Baze v. Rees, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, two death row inmates challenged the lethal injection protocol used in Kentucky death penalty cases. On April 16, 2008, the United States Supreme Court found the protocol constitutional under the 8th … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gregg v. Georgia on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court … Continue reading

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On this date in 2004 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Roper v. Simmons.  Roper involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death.  He was … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2002 the United States Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the Eighth Amendment prohibited the sentencing of a mentally retarded person to death. Justice John Paul Stevens, who authored the majority opinion for the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2010 the United States Supreme Court decided Graham v. Florida.  The Court held that it was unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole for nonhomicide offenses.  Justice Kennedy wrote—“The Eighth Amendment … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court proceedings  in the case Gregg v. … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Finds Juveniles Ought to Be Treated Differently at Sentencing

This past week the Supreme Court of Florida addressed the issue of whether it’s constitutional for a seventeen year-old convicted of three non-homicide offences to be sentenced to 90 years in prison without any meaningful opportunity for release. In the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2005 the United States Supreme Court decided Roper v. Simmons.  The case involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death.  He was 17 at the time. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Denied Review Of A Death Penalty Case This Week

If you’re at all interested in the continuing debate over the death penalty, take a look at the article published in USA Today at http://usat.ly/1iD3pw6.  It discusses Christopher Sepulvado v. Bobby Jindal, et al., a case the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

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