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What Laws were taken against the death Penalty?
What did the goverment took steps agiant the death penalty , What laws were passed for it ?
- Bill CLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
The fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have all performed executions at one time or another. However, 14 states and DC have either enacted laws to abolish the death penalty or have not updated existing laws to address constitutional concerns. 36 states and the federal government (both the Justice Department and military) have laws that allow for legal executions to take place.
The US Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional due to the inconsistency of its application (Furman v Georgia). While not a law, this ruling effectively prohibited states from executing murderers in the US. The ruling also invalidated the death penalty for the crime of rape.
Over the next several years, most states enacted new laws concerning the application of the death penalty which were subsequently ruled to be constitutional. The first to take place in the post-Furman era was the execution of Gary Gilmore by firing squad for murder in the state of Utah on January 17, 1977.
Several short moratoriums against the death penalty have taken place since for various reasons (the most recent being Baze v Kentucky), but have been overrulled by the Supreme Court and executions continue.
Kevin Green was the last murderer to be put to death in the US. He was executed on May 27, 2008 by lethal injection in Virginia. The next murderer in line to be executed is Derrick Sonnier in Texas, scheduled for June 3, 2008. There are currently seven execution scheduled in four states in June 2008. Three executions in three states took place in May 2008 to begin the post-Baze era.
- ?Lv 44 years ago
i'm for the dying penalty. Their lives are actually not taken via sinners. Their lives are taken via an unconsious government and earlier reported litigation. permit me clarify, government only is an unthinking device responding to crimes via the letter of the regulation. there is not any judgment that has to take place as a techniques because of the fact the character is going. in case you kill somebody in a undeniable way or do another heinous crime, you will get the dying penalty. Criminals have the possibility to comprehend the outcomes in basic terms before their crime, yet do it besides. it is different than the stoning that occurred via the sinful Jews.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The only issues that I have seen is various states objecting to "cruel and unusual" punishment using the firing squad, gas chamber or electric chair. As such, those states have gone to using lethal injection and currently, even this is being debated by the state legislators in Ohio as still be "cruel and unusual".
I hope this helps and you can find it useful
- Anonymous1 decade ago
the government has never taken steps against the death penelty.
States passed the laws and private citizens or groups sued to stop.