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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


North Carolina

North Carolina’s Brian Stull, writing in the ACLU blog, gives us this primer on the Sixth Amendment in capital cases.  The right to counsel is never more important than when death is on the line, yet all too often “defense attorneys involved in capital cases prove inept, ineffectual, underfunded, and overmatched by the State’s attorneys.” 107 more words

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Womble and Parmon Blast NC Senate

News Update 07.22.08

North Carolina

Rep. Larry Womble and Rep. Earline Parmon have issued a press release laying the blame for the defeat of the Racial Justice Act at the feet of Senate leaders who let politics get in the way of truth. 349 more words

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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