Trends in Capital Punishment

For what reason did the governor decide to stop approving executions? Was his reason valid? Explain your reasoning.

Describe the “Innocence Project,” including its goals and procedures. Is this group effective?

Consider the 2002 and 2005 Supreme Court cases of Roper v. Simmons and Atkins v. Virginia. Do these decisions indicate a trend?

What can you surmise about future challenges to the death penalty, based on the current Court’s recent decisions?

Summarize the case of Stanley “rookie” Williams:

What were his crimes?

Why his execution was considered controversial?

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