In the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal early Wednesday morning to hear the last-minute appeal of a Tennessee death row inmate, two justices clashed -- one with some bite -- over whether an execution after a lengthy delay is cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Justice John Paul Stevens dissented from the high court majority's rejection of the application for a stay of execution -- and Justice Clarence Thomas offered a spirited response.
Justices Thomas, Stevens Clash Over Death Row Appeal
The National Law Journal
December 3, 2009