Capital Punishment and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien discuss the crucial links between landmark capital-punishment cases and the lethal crimes at their root. The cases reported are truly "the cases that made the law"—and have defined the parameters that judges must follow for a death sentence to stand up on appeal. In Murder at the Supreme Court they tell how, in 1969, Supreme Court justices cast votes in secret that could have signaled the end of the death penalty, but the justices' resolve began to unravel.


Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien

Comments [4]

fuva from harlemworld

If a woman is (wrongly) incarcerated for most of her child's life,
any crime that child commits is likely NOT unrelated.
Intergenerational transfer is quite real and in effect.

Apr. 03 2013 12:28 PM
RJavier from NYC

Meredith, it may never end here. Incarceration s a business in the good old' US of A.

Apr. 03 2013 12:28 PM


Apr. 03 2013 12:19 PM
Meredith from NYC

Could you ask why the dealth penalty has been abolished in Europe, but not here? I recall decades ago the NY Times obituray of Britain's Chief Hangman, part of a family of official executioners. Before he died he said he agreed with Britain's stopping executions. The Europeans didn't wait for public opinion, they went ahead and just abolished it, I believe. Why them, not us?

Apr. 03 2013 12:09 PM

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