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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court

. Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court

(p.138) 6. Capital Punishment and the United States Supreme Court
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the arguments on capital punishment. It notes that the conscientious opponent of capital punishment today does not readily confront the problem implicit in the fact that thoughtful men and women had, for millennia, regarded it as not only permissible but even necessary. It further notes that there have always been protests against particular death sentences that were believed to be unjust. It provides that in those instances the challenge might have been as to the guilt of the person condemned.

Keywords:   capital punishment, United States Supreme Court, protests, death sentences, unjust, guilt

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