On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Montgomery v. Louisiana, one of two cases heard in October that involve the Eighth Amendment.
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A Philadelphia man convicted of capital murder in 1986 is set for a February 2016 Supreme Court hearing in a sentencing dispute.
John Stinneford of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the meaning of the Eighth Amendment and the future of the death penalty.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments last week on the death penalty’s future in the United States grabbed more than a few headlines, and it could signal a future where America joins a majority of nations that outlaw capital punishment.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that dealt with the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.