The U.S. Supreme Court has held that states must design their capital punishment statutes so that only truly egregious crimes are punished by death. The Times opposes the the death penalty under all circumstances. The 1972 Furman decision struck down the death penalty entirely on the grounds that it was being applied so arbitrarily that it violated the 8th Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishments.” States then began rewriting their death statutes to try to reduce their arbitrary application, and in 1976 the court ruled that the death penalty could resume in states with statutes limiting the death penalty to particularly atrocious crimes. On that, Arizona shares some common ground with California, which has three dozen “special circumstances” that can make a murderer subject to the death penalty. The Times opposes the the death penalty under all circumstances.
Source: Los Angeles Times December 07, 2017 12:00 UTC