KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.
Chapter 4.5: Capital Punishment: Lethal Injection
Capital Punishment: Lethal Injection
Is Lethal Injection Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
- Know how courts historically have ruled in considering whether various methods of execution are cruel and unusual punishment.
- Describe the function of drugs in lethal injection.
- Understand the Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of lethal injection.
- Know the arguments for and against lethal injection.
Support Lethal Injection
Chief Justice John Roberts, majority opinion, Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008)
Justice Samuel Alito, majority opinion, Glossip v. Gross, 576 U.S. ___ (2015)
Justice Clarence Thomas, concurring, Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. 35 (2008)
Oppose Lethal Injection
Judge Alex Kozinski, dissenting, Wood v. Ryan, No. 14-16310 (9th Cir. 2014)
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting, Glossip v. Gross, 576 U.S. ___ (2015)
Individuals on death row have challenged the constitutionality of various ...