Supreme Court Quotations
crowley at UIDAHO.EDU
Thu Apr 6 13:37:37 PDT 2000
As long as I'm on parting comments by Justices---I'll nominate Justice
Blackmun dissenting from the denial of review in Callins v. Collins (510
U.S. 1141) 1994.
"From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of
death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored--indeed, I have
struggled--along with a majority of this Court to develop procedural and
substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of
fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle
the Court's delusion that the desired level of fairness has been achieved
and the need for regulation eviscerated, I feel morally and intellectually
obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed."
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