To reinstate the death penalty, states had to satisfy the Eighth Amendment by removing all “discriminatory” and “arbitrary” effects. In a 5-4 decision, this case was so controversial that none of the five justices making a majority joined the opinion of the others; this means that there was no stated opinion of the court
American sniper Chris Kyle was murdered February 2, 2013. His murderer Eddie Ray Routh plead insane and blamed mental illness, he was found guilty of his crimes and sentenced to life in prison after the evidence of him ordering fast food after the murder was brought forth. An act he cannot perform with his “mental illness.” Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. graduate of Harvard Law school writes about the defense saying “Insanity is a legal term, not a medical term.” This gives the jury the power to determine insanity, opposed to a psychologist. Does the jury have the qualifications to make such decisions and even if some are truly insane how can you differentiate between them and those who want an easy way out?
Simmons tried many times to appeal his case and avoid being executed. His appeal was granted after the supreme court made a decision regarding the case Atkins v. Virginia. The case Atkins v. Virginia stated that the execution of people who suffer from mental retardation is not only a violation of the 8th and 14th amendments but is also unconstitutional. The Supreme
Senator Edward Kennedy made outrageous claims against the CIA in a trial on August 3, 1977. He proved that the CIA used victims such as the mentally ill and heroin addicts for human experimentation in their project on mind control, MK-Ultra. “The Central Intelligence Agency drugged American citizens without their knowledge or consent.” states Senator Kennedy in the MK-Ultra trial. Some experimented on in MK-Ultra were given doses of lysergic acid diethylamide, known as LSD. The properties of LSD were not well known at the time of MK-Ultra experimentation.
During the lower courts trial Sorrells’ was convicted due to agent martins’ testimony that he was the only persons in the home who asked sorrells about getting the alcohol. One of the acquaintances’ of martin testified to sorrells reputation as a rumrunner also helped with sorrells conviction. During the trial the court did not allow entrapment to be raised, ruling that it had not occurred as a matter of law. Sorrells was found guilty and sentenced to eighteen months of imprisonment. The appeals court affirmed the conviction, where sorrells attorney introduced a petition for writ of certiorari.
Connecticut is the landmark case that led to Roe v. Wade. The case argued that it was unconstitutional to outlaw contraceptives of any sort. “On June 7, 1965 the Supreme Court argued that the law which imposed criminal sanctions upon any person who uses any drug, medical article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception is unconstitutional” (Roraback). Also, the Supreme Court declared that the Connecticut law was unconstitutional because it restricted contraceptive use by married couples and this violates their right to privacy (Fein). “The decision spawned additional vexing ligation seeking expansion of the right to privacy to include possession of obscene materials in the home, personal reputation, abortion, confidentiality regarding drug use, and homosexual sodomy” (Fein).
This means a life sentence without parole over a fifty- cent pack of doughnuts. Though this scenario sounds too outrageous to be true, it happened to Robert Fassbender, a California man. States Attorney Yraceburn stated," Because of his (Fassbender) history of recidivism and the number of crimes he 's been convicted of," Fassbinder
Chris was depressed and angered with the world, and he was mentally ill (biography.com). People that choose to do bad with a gun are mentally ill. The gun is not what kills the people. The second amendment starts with “a well regulated militia,” which someone people interpret as only soldiers should have guns. United States Supreme Court ruled in 2008 and 2010 that the reference to militia is just an explanation of why Congress ratified the amendment (civil-rights.lawyers.com).
However, Sarah Koenig, host of Serial, believes there is something fishy about the case from the start. In twelve episodes, Koenig breaks down the entire case, looking at how the prosecution and the defense built their arguments, and what they left out. While Adnan claims his innocence, as does Steven Avery, Adnan does not claim police corruption as his reason. Koenig, rather, feels that it wasn’t doing of the police, but of all of the suspects and witnesses
The idea that children would lose their own benefits has also been a controversial topic that has been defied by the third-party tactic put-forth by these states. Despite intensive research, Florida and Oklahoma were the only states that allotted information discerning how they chose to pay for the welfare drug tests. Both states had differing payment methods which leads to the conclusion that each state has their own individual plan of action to cover these costs. Just as each state may or may not have their own payment tactic, each state does have their own views and conclusions about how drug testing welfare recipients has affected them. Oklahoma 's Rep.
The disorder called Hoarding can be accompanied or mimicked by other issues like ADHD or OCD or depression. According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the disorder may also have some association with eating disorders or even dementia. There is no clear reason why hoarding exists. The staff at the Mayo Clinic say that hoarding can be caused by brain chemistry, genetics or stress and people can be affected at any age or economic status; in fact nobody knows how many people or how common the disorder is, mainly they say because most do not realize they have a hoarding disorder and they do not seek treatment ("Hoarding disorder - Mayo Clinic," 2008). Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, who writes for Psychology Today, describes hoarding as a stem from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
An age-old question has been on people 's mind in america: Should the death penalty be accepted as a sort of discipline or punishment? There are 3,019 people currently on death row. www.deathpenalty.procon.org,) Before the death penalty was removed from all states in the U.S there were 1,394 people executed. On January 17, 1977, the death penalty was suspended in 32 states in this country. Even Bill Cosby spoke out against giving the death penalty to the man who shot and killed his own son.