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.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Justin W says
As we see from the California prison breakout, putting someone behind bars doesn’t mean they will stay there. The best way to make sure a murderer will not be a threat to society in the future is to put them to death. In death penalty cases a jury needs to make sure the proof rises to the point that there is no way the person they are sentencing to death could be innocent of the crime. The condemned man should have an opportunity to appeal. There should be safeguards to hopefully eliminate the chance that an innocent person could be put to death, but once the appeals run out the death penalty should be carried out.
Grover Syck says
If the threshold you ropose, ” jury needs to make sure the proof rises to the point that there is no way the person they are sentencing to death could be innocent of the crime” is impossible to meet. If that were the case, there would be many people who have been wrongly murdered by the state that would still be here.
The death penalty is essential
Bobby James says
The death penalty is very ESSENTIAL and in 99% of the cases it should only take 5 seconds after verdict is read.
One between the eyes, 40 cents and it’s done. Then the clowns who protest it where were they when the victim
was being murdered. They were thinking what victim can were screw over next. If every member of their family
was killed they would first on the death penalty to be carried out. How many millions of dollars
are spent on them with 3 hots and cot. What did the victim get. A HOLE IN THE GROUND where is the justice in that.
Those protesters would find one.
Kris Nelson says
The death penalty should be federal. All fifty states!!!
What is going on in America? This despicable creature is not an innocent black woman. She is a convicted murderer who should have been executed ASAP after she had been sentenced to death for killing an 83-year-old American Veteran of WWII James Sementelli! All the arguments against her execution put forward by her “lawya” is nothing but a pile of rubbish that should have been rejected even before it was presented to the SCOTUS. Death to this scum! And stop the widespread demagoguery about “disproportionate number of blacks” put to death. Any reasonable person knows that these “blacks” aren’t indicted simply because of the color of their skin but because they committed horrendous crimes punishable by death according to the LAW.