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Oct 04, 2021

New Scholarship: A Review of Virginia’s Death-Penalty Experience Exposes the Myth that the Death Penalty is Reserved for the Worst of the Worst’ Cases

The death penal­ty is reserved for “’the worst of the worst’ — or at least that is what we are told,” writes University of Richmond law pro­fes­sor Corrina Barrett Lain (pic­tured) in a Washington & Lee Law Review post-mortem on Virginias use of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Although the worst of the worst” is a core com­mand of a con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly com­pli­ant death penal­ty, the death penal­ty doesn’t just exist in the abstract,” Lain notes. And when she takes the oppor­tu­ni­ty to set the record straight about who we exe­cute gen­er­al­ly, and what…