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Tag: death penalty

Kahler v Kansas MMB v2
Case Explainer

Kahler v. Kansas (Decision March 23, 2020)

Is Kansas’s “mens rea” departure from the traditional “insanity” defense constitutional?

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McKinney+v+Arizona
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McKinney v. Arizona (Decision February 25, 2020)

The Arizona Supreme Court properly reevaluated McKinney’s death sentence.

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Bucklew v. Precythe (Decision April 1, 2019)

Bucklew cannot avoid Missouri’s standard execution method because of his medical condition.

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MadisonvAlabama-scaled
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Madison v. Alabama (Decision February 27, 2019)

Is the death row inmate “insane” meaning he cannot be executed?

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Concepts

The Death Penalty in the United States

Laws Relating to the Death Penalty Constitution • Congress • Executive • Federal Courts • State Governments Introduction Most of the discussion we hear about …

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AyestasvDavisDecision
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Ayestas v. Davis (Decision March 21, 2018)

Ayestas will get another chance to argue he should get investigative services for his death penalty appeal.

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SCOTUS Oct 2017 Decisions

Summary Decisions: Kernan v. Cuero and Dunn v. Madison (Nov. 6, 2017)

The Supreme Court can decide on a case without hearing oral arguments and without even asking for briefing from the parties. These “summary decisions” are …

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Mapping Current Events

Legal Landscape of Laws Relating to the Death Penalty

What laws determine whether the death penalty is available, and what is the difference between the federal and states’ death penalties?

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