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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 Reconsidered

. Capital Punishment Reconsidered

(p.147) 7. Capital Punishment Reconsidered
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the principal efforts of abolitionists which were devoted to piecemeal critiques of the uses of capital punishment rather than to its complete elimination, once American executions resumed in 1977. It notes that it was not likely, after the United States Supreme Court's 7–2 ruling in Gregg v. Georgia (1976), that capital punishment could soon be stopped altogether, not even temporarily. It further provides that the capital punishment issue in the United States is largely an issue colored by race relations.

Keywords:   abolitionists, capital punishment, executions, United States Supreme Court, Gregg v. Georgia (1976), race relations, United States

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