On February 13, 1689, Parliament in London allows two new monarchs to take the throne if they honor the rights of English citizens. What became known as the English Bill of Rights was an important influence on the later American Constitution.
On June 29, 1972, the Court decided in a complicated ruling, Furman v. Georgia, that the death penalty application in three cases was unconstitutional. The Court clarified that ruling in 1976, putting the death penalty back on the books under different circumstances.
While still insisting that state governments do not have to follow exactly all of the medical community's standards for defining intellectual disability of criminal suspects, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowed even further states' option to create their own standards when deciding who is eligible to be executed for murder.
Constitution Daily Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston reports on Tuesday's arguments about a death penalty case involving an intellectually disabled defendant in Texas.
On Monday, the Supreme Court turned aside a plea to require jurors to satisfy the toughest legal test before they may vote to impose the death penalty, rejecting a new attempt by lawyers to further define an important Sixth Amendment ruling.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court added three cases to its docket for the Court’s next term. Two of the newly granted cases take on issues surrounding the death penalty, while the other case involves state legislature redistricting.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, says a death penalty case accepted by the Supreme Court offers a puzzle: Just when is it appropriate to turn a constitutional question into a cultural issue to be mediated by private institutions?
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Montgomery v. Louisiana, one of two cases heard in October that involve the Eighth Amendment.
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.