Because an officer was killed, the death penalty is being recommended by the prosecution. It has been determined that Johnny (Snake) Davis was the gunman who shot and killed the officer. Assume this is the judge’s first death penalty case, so she decides to research case law to get a full understanding and historical overview of the death penalty in the United States and in her own state. For this assignment, do the following:

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in 4–6 pages:
    • Research 5 cases that have had an impact on the death penalty.
      • Provide a brief summary of each case, the constitutional issues, and judgment.
    • Where is the death penalty today? Explain and fully support your response.
    • How has each of your selected cases related to the current U.S. death penalty policies? Explain in detail.
    • Would you seek the death penalty in the above case?
      • Be sure to provide a cost analysis of the current death penalty.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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