Court Case Discussion

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Review the Capstone case, Payne v. Tennessee (501 U.S. 808 (1991)). What was the issue the court had to decide? What was the court’s conclusion and rationale? What did the court mean when they said stare decisis is not an inexorable command? (http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/90-5721.ZO.html) 2. Review the Capstone case Tennessee v. Tracie Reeves . ( 917 S.W.2d 825 (Tenn. 1996)) Briefly discuss the issue the court had to decide, the ruling they made, and the rationale behind it. Also, do you agree that the girls took a substantial step toward the commission of a targeted offense? What test does the court establish for Tennessee to determine if a substantial step has been taken? (http://tn.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.%2FSAC%2FTN%2F1996%2F19960226_0012.tn.htm/qx) 3. Review the Capstone case Vacco v. Quill. (521 U.S. 793 (1997)) Briefly discuss the issue that the court had to decide, the ruling that they made, and the rationale behind it. What important distinction

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Court Case DQs1. Review the Capstone case, Payne v. Tennessee (501 U.S. 808 (1991)). What was the issue the court had to decide? What was the court's conclusion and rationale? What did the court mean when they said stare decisis is not an inexorable command? In the case of Payne vs. Tennessee the offender had been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the murder of Charisse Christopher and her two year old daughter. Payne was also convicted of the attempted murder of Christopher's three year old son. Payne appealed his case to the Supreme Court based on the fact that the impact statement read by the prosecutor violated the offenders Eighth Amendment Rights based on the earlier rulings by the court in Booth v. Maryland and South Carolina v. Gathers where the Supremes Court had previously banned the use of impact statement in capital cases. In the Payne case the Supreme Court reconsidered their original ruling in Booth and Gathers, where the court found that the reading of the impact statement was a violation of the Eighth Amendment. The court concluded that any violation of Payne's rights under Booth and Gathers "was harmless beyond a reasonable d

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