The Death Penalty
This chapter first examines the nature of public opinion on capital punishment before the Supreme Court's decision in Furman v. Georgia (1972), the case in which the corpus of state death penalty statutes was overturned. It then analyzes the rise in death penalty support into the 1980s and its brief decline in the 1990s. A separate section discusses opinion about specific applications of the death penalty. The chapter concludes with a look at the Court's use of public opinion poll data in Atkins v. Virginia and other death penalty cases.
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