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Justice Breyer: 'Time to Reconsider the Constitutionality of Death Penalty'

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 02:47 PM

In a dissenting opinion he wrote Monday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the "time has come for this Court to reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty."

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a man who was sentenced to death 40 years ago in Florida. Breyer said that amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

When Henry Sireci "was first sentenced to death, the Berlin Wall stood firmly in place. Saigon had just fallen. Few Americans knew of the personal computer or the Internet," Breyer wrote.

"Forty years is more time than an average person could expect to live his entire life when America constitutionally forbade the 'inflict[ion]' of 'cruel and unusual punishments.'

"I should hope that this kind of delay would arise only on the rarest of occasions. But in the ever diminishing universe of actual executions, I fear that delays of this kind have become more common," Breyer wrote.

Breyer noted "that the number of yearly executions has fallen from its peak of 1998 in 1999 to 19 so far this year, while the average period of imprisonment between death sentence and execution has risen from 12 years to over 18 years in that same period."

Further, Breyer said those executed "are not the worst of the worst."

"Rather, (they) are individuals chosen at random, on the basis, perhaps of geography, perhaps of the views of individual prosecutors, or still worse on the basis of race," Breyer wrote.

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