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A Brief History of the Death Penalty Told in Supreme Court Cases

1. Wilkerson v. Utah (1879)

Background: After a Utah jury found Wallace Wilkerson guilty of murdering William Baxter, Wilkerson was sentenced to death by firing squad. 943 more words


Rehearing Denied in Kennedy v. Louisiana (Death Penalty and Child Rape)

There was a call from both left and right to have this case reheard. The call was based on Justic Kennedy’s assertoin that a majority of Americans are against putting child rapists to death.  171 more words

Supreme Court Rules Against Death Penalty in Cases of Child Rape

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court further defined the standards of capital punishment in America. Citing the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, the Court ruled in… 51 more words


SCOTUS Decisions

In addition to DC v. Heller and Davis v. FEC, the Supreme Court has had a few other decisions of note recently. While there has been much discussion of the opinion in… 72 more words


Just an “Opinion”

The Supreme Court in a recent ruling (Kennedy v. Louisiana) further narrowed the application of the death penalty to crimes against individuals that result in the victim’s death (crimes against the State are a preferred category). 174 more words

Child Rape