Lecture Notes - 062606 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 26, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 26, 2006 Death Penalty Background Eighth Amendment prohibits infliction of cruel and unusual punishment If capital punishment is cruel and unusual, then it is unconstitutional Furman v. Georgia - Majority opinion ruled capital punishment unconstitutional as then   administered  (not necessarily by its very nature) [Distinction: Administration of the punishment and the punishment itself] Why was the administration  of capital punishment deemed unconstitutional? “Standardless discretion led to arbitrariness” [“100% discretion of the jury”] No standard guiding decision Violates also 14 th  Amendment which requires “due process of law” As a response: - some states (like North Carolina) introduced mandatory death sentences  for certain crimes - Some other states (like Georgia) developed standards to guide jury’s  discretion Woodson v. North Carolina - Majority opinion ruled that mandatory death sentences were 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 304 taught by Professor Roddy during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Lecture Notes - 062606 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 26, 2006...

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