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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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The Supreme Court and McCleskey v. Kemp

The Supreme Court and McCleskey v. Kemp

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Chapter 13 The Supreme Court and McCleskey v. Kemp
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Imprisoned by the Past
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.003.0014

The U.S. Supreme Court addressed the connection between race and capital punishment in Warren McCleskey’s case of McCleskey v Kemp. After oral arguments, the Supreme Court justices discussed the case, and Justice Lewis Powell was assigned the majority opinion addressing the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. This chapter explains the background on how the justices decided the case, the opinions in the case, and the impact of the decision. Different people had different views about whether the case could have ended the U.S. death penalty. But the decision in this 1987 Supreme Court case would help alter the future of the country’s death penalty.

Keywords:   McCleskey v. Kemp, Warren McCleskey, Justice Powell, death penalty, capital punishment, race, Supreme Court, Fourteenth Amendment, Eighth Amendment

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