(45.) See, e.g., Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Docket Loaded with Death-Penalty
Cases, Wall St.
The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is relevant to the death-penalty
debate because it
Pro-death-penalty judges often pick particular defense attorneys for their capital cases; they're usually overworked, underpaid, and some of them are known for getting death-penalty
In 1994, by threatening to block the federal crime bill, congressional Republicans forced passage of the Federal Death Penalty Act, making 54 new crimes death-penalty
For the past three years, you've chaired the National Coalition, during which time the Clinton Administration expanded death-penalty
offenses under the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994.
California, for example, was spending $10 million a year reimbursing counties for expert witnesses, investigators and other death-penalty
defense costs, plus $2 million more to help pay for the overall cost of murder trials in smaller counties.