Notes on Glossip v Gross: The theatre of the death penalty

As a supporter of the death penalty, it has been interesting to see the public response to Glossip v Gross — especially following the very progressive decision in Obergefell v Hodges.  To no small extent, it feels like Glossip is less about the legal arguments and more about the nature of the death penalty.  Certainly the dissenting opinion appears concerned more with opposition to the death penalty rather than the specifics of the case at hand.

For me, this case raises very awkward questions about the pragmatics of the death penalty, rather than philosophical or theoretical discussion of the death penalty itself.

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