Will the Supreme Court Kill the Death Penalty This Term?

Discussion 2: US Supreme Court Part 1: Initial Post Instructions Using the Supreme Court’s website, research one case that deals with a contentious issue of your choice. (These issues can be racial di

Discussion 2: US Supreme Court

Part 1: Initial Post InstructionsUsing the Supreme Court’s website, research one case that deals with a contentious issue of your choice. (These issues can be racial discrimination, right to bear arms, same-sex marriage, hate speech, suicide, etc.) After finding a case, describe the Constitutional issue at the heart of the case. Summarize the points, the opinion, and at least one dissent used to come up with their conclusions. Did you agree with the majority opinion or the dissent?

Please see attached document.  Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from two scholarly sources.  Please provide a minimum of 150 words not inclusive of the scholarly sources.

Part 2: Follow-Up Post Instructions

Using a minimum of 1 new scholarly source, respond and further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification on the following:

The United States still uses capital punishment long after many other countries have banned its use. Should it?

Forty-five years ago, in Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional because it was administered arbitrarily. Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote that the death penalty was “cruel and unusual in the same way that being struck by lightning is cruel and unusual.”

As a result, many states rewrote their death-penalty statutes in an attempt to narrow the punishment to the worst offenders. For example, Arizona legislature passed a law in 1973 that required prosecutors to prove at least one of six aggravating factors before the death penalty could be imposed.

The constitutionality of the death penalty returned to the Supreme Court in Gregg v. Georgia in 1976. There, the court concluded that state lawmakers could “minimize the risk of wholly arbitrary and capricious” executions by specifying aggravating circumstances for which the death penalty could apply. In the four decades since Gregg, a number of states have expanded their list of aggravating factors, such as committing murders for hire or committing multiple murders.

Scholars call this problem “aggravator creep.” As a result of Arizona’s ever-expanding list of aggravating factors, 99% of those convicted of first-degree murder are eligible for execution.

What are your thoughts? What does your research tell you about how different states/countries have handled this issue?

https://www.bna.com/supreme-court-kill-n73014472287

– Article: “Will the Supreme Court Kill the Death Penalty This Term?”

Also: the Trump administration is “bringing the death penalty back” at the federal level after a 16-year lapse:

https://www.axios.com/federal-death-penalty-justice-department-576a2e44-5cf0-4f95-a301-34216eb0eaf2.html

Please respectfully share your thoughts by providing a minimum of 150 words not inclusive of the 1 new scholarly source.

Writing Requirements for Parts 1 and 2

  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references.

**NOTE**

This question is due in Easter Time on 9/28/2019 at 9:00 AM.

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