Race And Capital Punishment Research Paper

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1I- Race and Capital Punishment:
A. Defining Racial Discrimination in Capital Punishment:
Forty-Five years ago, Arthur Goldberg and Alan Dershowitz described death penalty as "unusual" under the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, saying, "Most commentators describe the imposition of the death penalty as not only haphazard and capricious, but also discriminatory. "' Noting that capital punishment impacts "disadvantaged minorities,"' Goldberg and Dershowitz delivered a prescient message:
Even if the Supreme Court decides ... that legislatures must provide standards for application of the death penalty, it is very improbable that the basically arbitrary and discriminatory imposition of capital punishment can
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