University of New Hampshire Law Review


[Excerpt] “Two qualities of American capital punishment perhaps explain its ability to command the attention of the Court, year by year, decade after decade. First, an exceptionally talented and dedicated specialist capital defense bar continually mounts new challenges to the institution of the death penalty. This year, for example, we await a decision from the Supreme Court on the claim that the lethal injection method of execution violates the cruel and unusual punishments clause of the Constitution. Never before has the Supreme Court confronted this claim; indeed, not for more than a hundred years has the Supreme Court addressed a claim that a method of execution violates the Constitution.”

Repository Citation

Christopher M. Johnson, Foreword: The Perpetual Controversy, 6 Pierce L. Rev. 365 (2008), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol6/iss3/3