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Now that the death penalty is considered 'unconstitutional' will the patriot act & torture also be?

Now that the death penalty is considered 'unconstitutional' will the patriot act & torture also be? Topic: Florida death penalty case supreme court
April 19, 2019 / By Rosamond
Question: Florida supreme court has ruled death penalty unconstitutional and the million dollar casey anthony case will likely be thrown out cause of it and all the jurors sent packing A-F the doctor is always right,,,,,check your facts again the death penalty is out the door here in Florida and the Casey Anthony trial is going to be fact biased proof...dr
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Morna Morna | 2 days ago
When was the death penalty ruled unconstitutional? Doctor - they haven't. In fact, thanks to Gov. Scott it will be even easier to execute people.
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Morna Originally Answered: Could state statutes pertaining to juveniles be considered unconstitutional?
What you've asked actually is a quintessential constitutional law exam question regarding the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Perhaps contrary to some expectations, the Clause doesn't forbid all laws that discriminate between two groups of people (e.g., children and adult), but rather only requires that they present a sufficient reason for making such a distinction in treatment. The level of scrutiny to which we subject such laws and the need the government has to show to justify them depend on what categories of "discrimination" are drawn. For example, laws that treat people differently on the basis of race are viewed with the utmost skepticism by the courts and are very often struck down as unconstitutional. Certain other "suspect categories" are subject to heightened forms of scrutiny (e.g., gender, ethnicity, or national origin). Other forms of distinctions merely require the government to provide a "rational basis" for its law. Age, wealth, political affiliation, and disability status are among these non-suspect classifications. So, a law treating people differently based on their age, such as the ones you've identified, is valid so long as the government can demonstrate that the distinction it draws is "rationally related to a legitimate government interest." In this case, permitting juvenile, but not adult, criminal records to be sealed is rationally related to the government's interest in affording children a special chance to change and rehabilitate themselves. Certainly, one can argue that children aren't entitled to that unique treatment as a matter of policy, but the equal protection analysis doesn't ask that question. It merely asks whether the government's interest is legitimate, and the means used to effectuate it rationally related. One could dispute that determination, too, but the test is often so broad in practice that almost no law is found unconstitutional on rational basis review. For that reason, whatever your personal feelings, I think it very unlikely that a constitutional challenge to the sorts of laws you identify would be successful.

Lizette Lizette
Incorrect! The Federal Court in Southern District of Florida has ruled in only 1 case. Get your legal facts straight before speaking.
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Karlene Karlene
Death penalty is a state issue. The Patriot Act is a Federal one. Patriot Act = unconstitutional Death penalty = not unconstitutional, although i do feel there are better and faster ways to kill violent felons. take em out back n hang em or shoot em.
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Harriette Harriette
the florida supreme courts decides on florida state constitution, i don't live in florida, therefore the death penalty is constitutional where i live
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Donna Donna
Hopefully. We are all a little more humane for it. Jesus was a victim of the death penalty. How'd that work out?
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Donna Originally Answered: The death penalty helps society innocent people? The death penalty helps society innocent people? Supporting i?
For the worst crimes, life without parole is better, for many reasons. I’m against the death penalty not because of sympathy for criminals but because it doesn’t reduce crime, prolongs the anguish of families of murder victims, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people. The worst thing about it. Errors: The system can make tragic mistakes. In 2004, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for starting the fire that killed his children. The Texas Forensic Science Commission found that the arson testimony that led to his conviction was based on flawed science. As of now, 141 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. We’ll never know for sure how many people have been executed for crimes they didn’t commit. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant (as in Willingham's case) and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Keeping killers off the streets for good: Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you’ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages: -an innocent person serving life can be released from prison -life without parole costs less than the death penalty Costs, a big surprise to many people: Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. The process is much more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death. Crime reduction (deterrence): Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don’t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent. The death penalty is no more effective in deterring others than life sentences. Who gets it: The death penalty magnifies social and economic inequalities. It isn't reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn't apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender. Victims: Like no other punishment, it puts families of murder victims through a process which makes healing even harder. Even families who have supported it in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative. It comes down to whether we should keep the death penalty for retribution or revenge.

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