Posted Jan 25, 2016 01:08 pm CST
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari in a case that contends the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
“The death penalty has outlived any conceivable use,” Walter’s cert petition had asserted. “It is imperfect in application, haphazard in result, and of negligible utility.”
The case was being watched because of Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s call to examine the constitutionality of the death penalty.