Readings for Feb. 14 on execution methods
- Roberta M. Harding, The Gallows to the Gurney: Analyzing the (Un)constitutionality of the Methods of Execution, 6 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 153 (Fall 1996): Download constitutionality_of_methods_of_execution.rtf
- Brian P. Hill, Judicial Response to Changing Societal Values on the Death Penalty: must the Method Chosen Be the Most Humane?, 7 St. Thomas Law Review 409 (1995): Download societal_values_on_the_death_penalty.rtf
Accompanying these reading they asked to pose the following questions:
1. What do you think about the Court's view that instantaneous death equates to painless death?
2. How do you feel about the theory that society's current values shape the acceptance/rejection of capital punishment and how this relates to current and past Constitutional methods of execution?
As they explained to me, "we plan to go over the information contained in the law journal articles and also plan to discuss past methods of execution and current Constitutional methods. We also plan to discuss the current debate surrounding the Constitutionality of lethal injection."