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    Hall v. Florida Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hall v. Florida, a case testing the limits of the Court’s ban on executing the intellectually disabled. The issue rested on how states…

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    Matthew Delorenzo StudentCam Interview

    Matthew Delorenzo and was interviewed about the video he made with Josiah Vega , The Great Debate. The film was one of the middle school section second prize winners in C-SPAN…

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    Great Debate

    Matthew Delorenzo and Josiah Vega’s video, The Great Debate, was one of the second prize middle school winners in C-SPAN Classroom’s StudentCam documentary contest. They…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s assertion that life-long death row sentences are cruel and unusual punishment.

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    Supreme Court Ruling on California Prison Overpopulation

    Kara Gotsch talked about the Supreme Court ruling requiring California to reduce its prison population, and the potential national implications of the decision. She responded to…

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    Open Phones, Part 2

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the Supreme Court 5-4 decision that California must reduce its prison population. The ruling is based on the premise that California’s…

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    Open Phones, Part 1

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the Supreme Court 5-4 decision that California must reduce its prison population. The ruling is based on the premise that California’s…

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    Death Penalty for Child Rape Case

    Kevin Ranlett talked about the recent Supreme Court decision that the death penalty for child rape violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. He…

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    Baze v. Rees Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Baze v. Rees. The Court will decide if the lethal injection drugs used to execute prisoners on death row have such a high probability of inflicting…

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    CIA Interrogation Tapes

    Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the applicability of federal criminal laws to the interrogation of detainees. The U.S. District Court for the District of…

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    Federal Death Penalty

    Witnesses testified about the application of the federal death penalty. Topics included federal jurisdiction in a locality such as Puerto Rico that has outlawed capital punishment, the…

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    Race and the Death Penalty

    On the twentieth anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court case McCleskey v. Kemp a panel of legal scholars discussed the legacy of the McCleskey decision and whether it ultimately created an…

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    Book Discussion on Atkins v. Virginia

    Mr. Dinerstein talked about a case being heard in the U.S. Supreme Court that focused on whether mentally retarded defendants can be executed, or whether this is an infringement of the…

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    Drug Possession Laws: Harmelin v. Michigan

    Ms. Johnson and Mr. Thompson discussed Harmelin v. Michigan, an Eighth Amendment challenge to a Michigan statute that gives a life sentence without parole for possession of…

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