Tagged: Eighth Amendment

Beatings & Batson

The Supreme Court is back in session, well rested from a three-week vacation. (We don’t remember the last time we took three weeks off. Wonder what that must be like.) They opened the day this morning with two interesting per curiam decisions. The first, Wilkins v. Gaddy, is about what...

Justices Miss the Point of the Exclusionary Rule

The Bill of Rights, notably Amendments 4-6, protects accused individuals from improper action by the police. The typical remedy for police violation of these rights is suppression of the evidence that would not have been gathered but for the violation. This Exclusionary Rule protects the justice system, by ensuring that...

SCOTUS Clarifies Cruel & Unusual Execution, Without Saying a Word

Richard Cooey was executed by lethal injection this morning, after the Supreme Court denied without comment his final appeal. He had claimed that lethal injection could cause a painful death. The Court declined to address the issue, and simply denied a stay of execution. Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected without...