The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty: a Glimpse

When the Supreme Court rejected Troy Davis' request for a delay in his execution Wednesday night, there were no noted dissents attached to the one-sentence order. But that does not mean there were no justices opposed to the execution. The vote count might forever remain unknown. No member of the court currently believes that the death penalty is unconstitutional in every application. The court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty system was unconstitutional because it was being applied in...Full Story
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