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Unformatted text preview: DP was used in an arbitrary and capricious States rewrite their death penalty laws so that they can keep the death penalty New statutes clarified which crimes were eligible for death penalty Two phases of trial for capital cases Find guilty or innocent If guilty, argue for life without parole or death penalty McClescky v. Kemp The disproportionate sentencing based on race was not enough to overturn a guilty verdict This ruling was made despite the fact that strong research showed the disparities between race in terms of sentencing Limits for who can receive the death penalty Roper v. Simmons Court strikes down death penalty for juveniles Coker v. Georgia Unconstitutional to sentence someone to death for raping a woman Graham v. Florida Life sentences without parole for juveniles who have committed non-homicidal crimes is unconstitutional...
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- Spring '12
- Civil Rights, cocaine, Roper v. Simmons, Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution