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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Bill Would Abolish Montana's Death Penalty

A bill draft that would ban the death penalty in Montana is now on the table. Republican Representative David Moore of Missoula is sponsoring House Bill 370 and says the death penalty costs too much, and perhaps life in prison is a harsh enough penalty.

"Probably the worst thing would be life imprisonment without the chance of parole. To be locked in a cage. If we did away with the death penalty, there would be more money in the judicial system for victim help."

Opponents to previous bills to end the death penalty have argued that it's necessary to ensure someone doesn't escape or are released early. When asked about this fear, Moore says there is no good answer.

"It's a difficult issue, and I just said I'd carry the bill and introduce it and let each side explain their issues and let the committee decide."

This bill will brought to the Judiciary Committee once it receives a hearing date.

Source: Montana Public Radio, February 4, 2015

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