Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Jackson N. Sasser, Jr.
A neutral evaluation of the modern death penalty, a fundamentally flawed institution, necessitates its invalidation. I analyze 428 death sentences and their appellate outcomes from Virginia, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Wyoming, states which represent the gamut of capital punishment regimes in the United States. Employing a legal framework derived from the work of Justice Antonin Scalia—a lifelong and staunch supporter of the death penalty—I argue that the harmonious-reading canon and irreconcilability canons offer a neutral means for ending the American death penalty, and one which would be appropriate given the politicization of what is an irreversible punishment.
Whitehurst, Carson A., ""Full of Internal Contradictions": A Neutral Case for the Invalidation of the Death Penalty" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1306.