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, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
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
Special Counsel, NAACP, 1938-1950
Assistant Special Counsel, NAACP, 1936-1938
Attorney, Baltimore, MD, 1933-1940
Recipient, Spingarn Medal, NAACP, 1946
Member, Alpha Phi Alpha
LLB, magna cum laude, Howard University, 1933
AB, cum laude, Lincoln University, PA, 1930
First African American appointed to the US Supreme Court