. Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court

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This chapter discusses the arguments on capital punishment. It notes that the conscientious opponent of capital punishment today does not readily confront the problem implicit in the fact that thoughtful men and women had, for millennia, regarded it as not only permissible but even necessary. It further notes that there have always been protests against particular death sentences that were believed to be unjust. It provides that in those instances the challenge might have been as to the guilt of the person condemned.

Keywords: capital punishment; United States Supreme Court; protests; death sentences; unjust; guilt

Chapter.  3040 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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