Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"[Capital punishment] violates the Eighth Amendment because it is morally unacceptable to the people of the United States at this time in their history. In judging whether or not a given penalty is morally acceptable, most courts have said that the punishment is valid unless 'it shocks the conscience and sense of justice of the people.' Assuming knowledge of all the facts presently available regarding capital punishment, the average citizen would, in my opinion, find it shocking to his conscience and sense of justice. For this reason alone, capital punishment cannot stand."
Concurrent opinion in Furman v. Georgia, June 29, 1972
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1993
Associate Justice, US Supreme Court, 1967-1991
US Solicitor General, 1965-1967
Judge, US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 1961-1965
Chief Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1940-1961