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DEATH PENALTY

DEATH PENALTY


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Welcome! The Death Penalty Committee works within the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice to deal with issues regarding how the death penalty works, on the need for moratoriums, legal reforms, and ABA policies and amicus briefs.

We are pleased to offer "Protecting Cartoonists and Satire" on October 30, 2017, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. This program will take place at Columbia University's Jerome Greene Hall in Room 107. This discussion features political cartoonists whose works on capital punishment have often risked censorship or even termination. This discussion's organizer Patrick Chappatte is a political cartoonist at the NY Times. The panel's moderator, David Schultz, is Clinical Lecturer in Law & a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, and a lawyer specializing in First Amendment matters. For more info or to RSVP, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-cartoonists-and-satire-cle-credits-available-tickets-38539804593#tickets. If you have questions or would like to contact us, please email us at abadeathpenaltycommittee@gmail.com.


FEATURED ARTICLES

How and Why Illinois Abolished the Death Penalty by Rob Warden


The State of Capital Punishment in 2016


CHAPTER 22 - Capital Punishment by Ronald J. Tabak


Pope Francis: The dynamic word of God cannot be moth-balled


Patrick Chappatte & Anne-Frédérique Widmann


Wither the Death Penalty?



Recent Developments in the Death Penalty



Moore v. Texas
Holding: The Texas court improperly rejecting an intellectually disabled finding under Texas' medical diagnostic standards.

Judgment: Judgment Vacated and Case Remanded, 5-3, Chief Justice Roberts dissented.

Kansas v. Carr
Holding: 1) The Eighth Amendment does not require capital-sentencing courts to instruct a jury that mitigating circumstances need not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. 2) The Constitution did not require severance of joint sentencing proceedings because the contention that the admission of mitigating evidence by one defendant could have "so infected" the jury's consideration of the other defendant's sentence as to amount to a denial of due process does not stand in light of all the evidence presented at the guilty and penalty phases relevant to the jury's sentencing determination.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on January 20, 2016. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion.

Hurst v. Florida
Holding: Florida's capital-sentencing scheme, in which a jury renders an “advisory sentence” but a judge must independently weigh the aggravating and mitigating factors before entering a sentence of life or death, violates the Sixth Amendment in light of the Court's decision in Ring v. Arizona, which deemed unconstitutional an Arizona capital sentencing scheme that permitted a judge rather than the jury to find the facts necessary to sentence a defendant to death.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on January 12, 2016. Justice Breyer filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion.


Resolution on Re-entry Unanimously Passes the House of Delegates of NYSBA on Jan. 29, 2016

Ronald Tabak, Chair of Section Death Penalty Committee



Related ABA Policies


The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice's Death Penalty Due Process Review Project has identified the ABA Policy related to capital punishment.

Policy Round Up

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Leadership

Chair:

Tabak, Ronald

Vice-Chairs:

Ewer, Audrey
Turberville, Sarah

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Committee Events

Protecting Cartoonists and Satire

October 30, 2017
Location: Columbia University's Jerome Greene Hall in Room 107
Date and Time: October 30, 2017, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

This discussion features political cartoonists whose works on capital punishment have often risked censorship or even termination. This discussion's organizer Patrick Chappatte is a political cartoonist at the NY Times. The panel's moderator, David Schultz, is Clinical Lecturer in Law & a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, and a lawyer specializing in First Amendment matters.
For more info or to RSVP, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-cartoonists-and-satire-cle-credits-available-tickets-38539804593#tickets

 
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Modified by Audrey Ewer on October 24, 2017

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