CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES: SUPREME COURT PRECEDENT AND THE DETERMINATION OF DEATH PENALTY ELIGIBILITY
AuthorGoodman, Michelle Jacqueline
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe Eighth Amendment reads, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Due to the ambiguous meaning of what it means to be cruel and unusual, the Supreme Court of the United States has dealt with nearly 50 capital punishment cases. Although the Court has been tasked with deciding on a wide range of death penalty related topics, this thesis focuses specifically on eligibility for the death penalty. It explores landmark Supreme Court cases, analyzes the ways in which the Court comes to it’s decisions regarding eligibility, how it determines public opinion, and what the future of the death penalty may look like.
Degree ProgramHonors College