Victim Impact Statement And Case Analysis

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Amicus argues that the use of victim impact statements in the Petitioner’s sentencing phase is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Victim impact statements are inappropriate for sentencing consideration in a capital case. The introduction of irrelevant factors to blameworthiness in the present case may distract the jury, as it provides no purpose than to inflame the jury, which should be focusing on evidence related to the crime and the victim. In addition Oklahoma’s laws regarding victim impact statements is inconsistent with the Court’s holdings in Booth and Payne. Furthermore, victim impact statements add an element of arbitrariness to a capital sentencing. In violation of Furman the defendants being sentenced to death are chosen in a
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