Monday, January 24, 2005

Can't define heinous, atrocious, and cruel, but know it when I see it

In Bell v. Cone, the Supreme Court reversed the Sixth Circuit for interfering with a Tennessee death penalty case on the grounds that the terms "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel" were unconstitutional vague in a case where the defendant killed two elderly people by beating them with multiple, crushing blows to their skulls.

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