“The Death Penalty”
Paper is due:
Tuesday October 7
Worth 100 points
(5 bonus point
or before Thu
rsday October 2
scholarly academic sources
) write a 1 page summary for
cases listed below. Then, choose five (5) issues related to the death penalty debate and
summarize the debate over each in a
minimum of 1 page
for EACH issue
Your total pape
should be a
MINIMUM (which means a “C” grade)
pages for summarizing
the cases and 5 pages discussing the various issues surrounding the death penalty debate.
Please analyze the following
v. Georgia (1972)
Landmark Supreme Court ruling which effectively put a moratorium
on the death penalty in the U.S. until consistent standards were used across the 50 states.
Gregg v. Georgia (1976)
A crucial ruling which upheld the use of the death
Your analysis of each of the above cases should include the following:
of the case to include how the case reached the Supreme Court, legal issues
involved in the case, & facts of the case.
An assessment of the court’s
(the voting block of justices responsible
for joining in the majority. You should list the final vote (i.e. 7
3, etc.) & who wrote
the majority opinion for the court. Additionally, please summarize that majority opinion
including any concurring opi
nions. What were the legal issues & rationale used by the
court to support their position?
Outline the court’s
(that is, those justices who were in the minority
voting block. As with the majority, indicate who wrote the dissenting opinion
joined in and, if any, other dissenting opinions.
Your own opinion
with regard to the outcome of the case with special attention to how
you would have voted and why.
to include any implications for public policy
formulation & how, if at
this shaped or changed the law in the given area.
per will need to have at least 10
citations of websites you used for your research
citation and use
will be given for papers without
It is your responsibility to summarize, not “lift” portions o
f your r
Please include a works cited page at the end of your paper.
Consider the following issues:
(Choose 5 and write a minimum of 1 page summary/analysis for
Racial discrimination and the death penalty.
The mentally impaired and the death penalty.
The death penalty and juveniles.
Juries, jurors, and the death penalty.
The right to effective assistance (legal defense) and the death penalty.
Aggravating and m
itigating factors and the death penalty.
Deterrence and the death penalty.
The appeals process and the death penalty.
Evolving standards of decency and the death penalty.
Due process and the death penalty.
Issues related to lethal injection & current debat
Your paper should have 1” margins and use a “12” font,
spaced. Papers which
adhere to these guidelines will be marked down
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