December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by G. Redd
JURIST PaperChaser Taylor Gillan discusses the landmark case of Hall v. Florida, and the implications it holds for the Eighth Amendment and the Death Penalty with host Genevieve Redd... ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will appeal a recent ruling striking down California's death penalty. A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled earlier this month that California's use of the death penalty violates the ...[read more]
July 31, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Since the US Supreme Court first addressed the death penalty the 1879 case Wilkerson v. Utah, the Court has struggled with determining the penalty's constitutional boundaries. In 1976 the court held in Gregg v. Georgia that the imposition of the death penalty does not always violate the Eighth ...[read more]

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