New SCOTUS cases may narrow death penalty

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June 9, 2016
Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in News, PND News

"For a few minutes Monday morning the future of the death penalty in America looked in dire straits. The US Supreme Court announced that it would hear two capital cases from Texas next term, cases that would question the constitutionality of the practice on multiple levels, including how capital defendants are sentenced and how they are treated on death row. But the court quickly scaled back expectations that the death penalty itself was on the line by clarifying that they will not be considering one key question: whether decades-long stays on death row violate the Eighth Amendment. The court will instead focus on two narrow questions about what kind of defendants should be sentenced to death." (06/07/16)  

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