The surprise move by the Nebraska legislature—overriding a gubernatorial veto with a bipartisan and sweeping 30-to-19 vote—galvanized and focused public’s attention on America’s death penalty for the second time in just a month. On May 17, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death. That headline though, as dramatic as it was, tells us little about the future of capital punishment in the United States; Tsarnaev’s case reminds us that even in liberal Massachusetts jurors can be persuaded that death is an appropriate punishment for an unusually gruesome crime and a particularly unsympathetic defendant whose guilt was never in doubt. Yet it should not distract us from a clear headed appraisal of the present condition and likely future of America’s death penalty.
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