New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke a tie Monday in a ruling that affirmed Kansas' death penalty law and revealed the Court's deep divisions over capital punishment. The law says juries should impose death sentences if aggravating evidence and mitigating factors are equal in weight. The five conservative justices, including Alito, overturned a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that found the law violated the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
Alito Breaks Tie to Uphold Kansas Death Penalty Law
The Associated Press
June 27, 2006