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    Moore v. Texas Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Moore v. Texas, which concerns whether Texas' criteria for determining if an intellectually disabled person can be sentenced to death. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that…

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    Montgomery v. Louisiana Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Montgomery v. Louisiana, docket number 14-280, on whether their 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision where life sentences given to juveniles were…

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    Hurst v. Florida Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Hurst v. Florida, docket number 14-7505, on the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty system. A Florida jury’s recommendation for the death penalty was an “advisory opinion” and did…

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    Williams v. Pennsylvania Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Williams v. Pennsylvania, docket number 15-5040. The case concerns when judges must step down from hearing issues before them. Terrance Williams…

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    Glossip v. Gross Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Glossip v. Gross, docket number 14-7955. The case concerns whether the use of the drug midazolam in lethal injection executions violates the Eighth…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer responses to the question, “What is your view of the death penalty?” The question was drawn from the Supreme Court ruling allowing the execution drug used in…

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    Hall v. Florida Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hall v. Florida, docket number 12-10882, a case testing the limits of the Court’s ban on executing the intellectually disabled. The issue rested on how states defined…

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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 Classroom’s…

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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 are eighth graders at…

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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 telephone…

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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 overcrowded…

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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 overcrowded…

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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, docket number 07-5439. The Court will decide if the lethal injection drugs used to execute prisoners on death row have such a high probability of…

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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 Columbia…

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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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    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 cocaine above…

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