The Death Penalty Returns to the Supreme Court

Source: Common Dreams
by Christopher Brauchli

“It’s back. The death penalty. In the Supreme Court. A Google search discloses that 108 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and another 144 have outlawed it in law or in practice. Fifty five countries still use it to discipline those who have committed certain offenses. We are among the fifty five. Although we executed 11 people in 2021, we try to be reasonable in its application. Proof of that is shown by two cases that have gone through the courts in the last two years. Both of them arrived in the court system because of what has proved to be a very tricky problem. In 2021 the problems involved Richard Moore in South Carolina and Michael Nance in Georgia. Both concerned the proper way to execute someone sentenced to death.” (07/30/22)