Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West ...[read more]
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that private companies may continue to monitor probationers in that state but that it is illegal to elongate a probationer's sentence from the original sentence. Thirteen plaintiffs filed suit against Sentinel Offender Services challenging the ...[read more]
A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Sacha Baniel-Stark, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the botched execution of Joseph Wood and analyzes the dissenting opinion from the denial of Wood's motion to stay his execution, which argued that capital punishment by lethal injection is ...[read more]
05/27/2014: Supreme Court found Florida IQ cutoff for executions unconstitutional.
03/03/2014: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on death penalty for intellectually disabled.
05/02/2014: Obama expressed desire to ask AG Holder to investigate death penalty issues.
05/02/2014: UN urged death ...[read more]
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]
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]
The death penalty has been a permissible form of punishment for certain crimes in the United States throughout the nation's history, with the first recorded case occurring in 1608. The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that state proscription of the death penalty is not a violation of ...[read more]
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that a state law that makes the identity of an execution drug supplier a "confidential state secret" is constitutional. In a 5-2 decision, the court reversed a lower court ruling that granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill's ...[read more]