Thursday, June 2, 2016

SCOTUS refuses to review constitutionality of death penalty

The US Supreme Court refused a request to decide on whether the death penalty is unconstitutional. According to Jurist, Lamondre Tucker, who murdered his pregnant girlfriend in 2008 asked the court to grant certiorari in Tucker v. Louisianato rule on the constitutionality of the death penalty.
Justice Stephen Breyer dissented from the denial ofcertiorari, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Breyer has long argued against the constitutionality of the death penalty as currently applied. Breyer noted that Tucker may have been wrongly sentenced, as the district in which he was sentenced imposes half the death sentences in Louisiana even though it only accounts for 5 percent of the state's population and homicides.

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