A Due Process Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty in the United States

30 Amicus Journal 18 (2013)

7 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2012 Last revised: 4 Jun 2013

Date Written: August 28, 2012

Abstract

The underpinning for an untested challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty in the United States is provided. The proposed challenge relies on the logical force of a Lockean argument against the death penalty, a relevant collection of recent empirical findings and related commentary from the literature of the social sciences, an appeal to a fundamental principle of justice, and the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

Keywords: John Locke, right of compensation, death penalty, due process, fourteenth amendment

JEL Classification: K14, J38, D63

Suggested Citation

Sarver, Vernon, A Due Process Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty in the United States (August 28, 2012). 30 Amicus Journal 18 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2137989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2137989

Vernon Sarver (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

FAO 226
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
United States

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