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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 12 Atkins v. Virginia (2002) Execution of the mentally retarded is unconstitutional. Baze v. Rees (2008) Lethal injection has not been shown to violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments and thus this method of execution is permissible. Furman v. Georgia (1972) The death penalty, as administered, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. McCleskey v. Kemp (1987) Rejects a challenge to Georgia’s death penalty that was made on the grounds of racial discrimination. Ring v. Arizona (2002) Juries, rather than judges, must make the crucial factual decisions regarding whether a convicted murderer should receive the death penalty. Roper v. Simmons (2005) Execution of offenders for murders committed before they were 18 years of age is unconstitutional. Witherspoon v. Illinois (1968) Potential jurors who object to the death penalty cannot be automatically excluded from service; however, during voir dire those who feel so strongly about capital punishment that...
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- Spring '09
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