Divided SCOTUS Spars Yet Again Over Death Penalty
Tensions among the Supreme Court’s nine justices were high Monday, as multiple statements pointed to a simmering dispute over the death penalty and its application.
These disagreements, which emerged in a set of comments related to previously considered death penalty cases, highlight disagreements both over responding to potentially dilatory death penalty appeals, and the permissibility of the death penalty as it exists in America today.
In one opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh saw fit to revive the dormant fight over religious discrimination in the death chamber. In late March, the court stayed the execution of a Texas Buddhist who had