. Capital Punishment Reconsidered

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 Reconsidered

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This chapter discusses the principal efforts of abolitionists which were devoted to piecemeal critiques of the uses of capital punishment rather than to its complete elimination, once American executions resumed in 1977. It notes that it was not likely, after the United States Supreme Court's 7–2 ruling in Gregg v. Georgia (1976), that capital punishment could soon be stopped altogether, not even temporarily. It further provides that the capital punishment issue in the United States is largely an issue colored by race relations.

Keywords: abolitionists; capital punishment; executions; United States Supreme Court; Gregg v. Georgia (1976); race relations; United States

Chapter.  3186 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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