Lecture Notes - 062706 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 27, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 27, 2006 Death Penalty, cont. Minority Opinion (Marshall’s dissent) Death penalty is unconstitutional for 2 reasons: [A] If American people were fully informed, they would consider it morally  acceptable. - Misinformation within the American public: o Study has shown that opinion of informed public would be significantly  different Yet the fact that death penalty accords with standards of decency [A] does not  conclusively show that death penalty is unconstitutional. [B] It is excessive (that is, unnecessary to accomplish a legitimate legislature).   - The alleged purpose of death penalty (deterrence and retribution) cannot  sustain death penalty as non-excessive. o There is no evidence for deterrence. {a} The majority opinion suggests that death penalty is necessary to prevent the  American people from taking the law into their own hands.  Yet, there is no 
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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 - 062706 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 June 27, 2006...

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