By: Olivia Li “The right to die is not synonymous with the right to kill”; “to allow a defendant to choose his own sentence introduces unconscionable arbitrariness into the capital punishment system” -Judge Harry Pregerson, Dissent in Comer v. Schriro In November 2022, Aaron Brian Gunches, a prisoner on Arizona’s death row, volunteered to be … Continue reading Seek (death) and you shall receive? The right to die vs. the right to kill: A Closer Look at the Aaron Gunches’ execution request
What is a Juvenile?
By: Travis Henderson The United States Supreme Court should broaden the protections of the Eighth Amendment and make it unconstitutional to sentence a person to death who committed their offense under the age of twenty-five. The Supreme Court, in 2005, made it illegal to sentence a juvenile to death who was under eighteen at the … Continue reading What is a Juvenile?
Review is Not Enough: A Call for Death Penalty Abolition in Arizona
By: Erika Galindo This past month, Arizona’s governor Katie Hobbs suspended all executions pending a review of current proceedings and processes. After a botched execution in 2014, Arizona paused executions until 2022. Facing the end of his term, then-Attorney General Mark Brnovich began seeking execution warrants. He was successful in the death of three people … Continue reading Review is Not Enough: A Call for Death Penalty Abolition in Arizona
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the Face of Shinn v. Ramirez, 142 S. Ct. 1718 (2022).
By: Jaidyn Rumpca Shinn v. Ramirez, decided in May 2022, thwarts federal courts’ abilities to consider evidence on ineffective assistance of counsel claims in death penalty cases. The Court in Ramirez held that a federal district court may not review evidence beyond a state-court record for ineffective assistance of counsel claims unless an exception under … Continue reading Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in the Face of Shinn v. Ramirez, 142 S. Ct. 1718 (2022).
THE 25 TO LIFE DEATH SENTENCE
By: Isabel Ranney A death sentence is a clear punishment. Anyone who receives the sentence is well aware of the end goal. As they begin the laborious appellate process, they have a distinct idea of what is at stake. A natural life sentence is similar (and is, effectively a death sentence all the same, though … Continue reading THE 25 TO LIFE DEATH SENTENCE