SCOTUS turns down death penalty case

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May 31, 2016
Washington Post    
Posted in News, PND News

"The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Louisiana murderer's request that the justices take his case to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional. Lamondre Tucker drew noted support only from the two justices who previously have said the court should consider the question -- Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tucker 'may well have received the death penalty not because of the comparative egregiousness of his crime, but because of an aribtrary feature of his case, namely, geography,' Breyer wrote. Tucker was convinced of killing his pregnant girlfriend in 2008 and was sentenced to death in Caddo Parish, which Breyer said 'imposes almost half the death sentences in Louisiana, even though it accounts for only 5 percent of the state's population and 5 percent of its homicides,' Breyer wrote." (05/31/16)  

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