Supreme Court rejects appeal to outlaw death penalty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting a Pennsylvania inmate’s appeal to consider banning the death penalty across the United States.

The justices did not comment Monday in turning away a challenge from death row inmate Shonda Walter.

Walter’s appeal plays off Justice Stephen Breyer’s call in an impassioned dissent in June to re-evaluate the death penalty in light of problems involving its imposition and use.

Breyer renewed his plea last week when he was the lone justice willing to give a last-minute reprieve to an Alabama death row inmate who was later put to death.

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3 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    The death penalty is only justified when necessary to protect the public from a criminal. That means that in a country with modern and secure prisons like the United States, it is almost never justified.

    • NO PC FOR ME

      I have to disagree. some people are so evil they need killing.
      Take for example a terrorist or a child abuser.
      some people live only to harm others. there is no place on earth for those types.
      Im not saying bring the death penalty to the front, like say Hitler or Stalin did. But keep in your back pocket for the special scumbag that earned it.

    • Commonsense

      You are wrong. Not long ago I remember 2 killers that escaped from prison and hindreds pf thousands if not millions of dollars spent by law enforcement trying to catch them again. Why let them keep their life after taking another’s life?