Lightning Still Strikes: Evidence from the Popular Press That Death Sentencing Continues to Be Unconstitutionally Arbitrary More Than Three Decades after Furman
75 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017
Date Written: 2006
After explaining what the results of a non-arbitrary capital punishment system might look like, the author examines 535 cases from 2004 — 142 death sentences, 102 cases in which sentencers spared defendants from death sentences, and 323 cases in which prosecutors spared defendants from death sentences — and concludes that death sentences are still arbitrary more than thirty years after Furman v. Georgia.
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