In the wake of a recent batch of Supreme Court decisions on the death penalty, abolitionists are beginning to draw parallels with a period more than 30 years ago, when the Court's long-standing support for capital punishment dissolved, at least for a while. This term, four justices made it clear that their concerns, especially about the possible execution of the innocent, are deepening. Their mood guarantees turmoil ahead on the issue, with Justice Anthony Kennedy in his characteristic role as swing vote.
Death Penalty Disquiet on High Court Echoes Earlier Time
July 12, 2006