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Kavanaugh Could Chart Course on Death Penalty Early in Term

Aug. 14, 2018, 3:57 PM

Two execution disputes the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next term with swing vote Anthony Kennedy off the bench could foreshadow its treatment of certain death penalty cases going forward.

Kennedy didn’t join efforts to strike down the ultimate punishment completely, but he was a swing vote when it came to its application. He helped form coalitions banning executions for more vulnerable offenders but also ones condoning controversial execution practices.

His exit brings into sharp relief the relative lack of criminal justice experience of his potential replacement, Brett Kavanaugh, while serving for the past 12 years as a judge on...

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