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  • What are the chances the death penalty can be ruled cruel, unnecessary punishment?

    Newsweek - 12/01/2015

    So what might those NAACP lawyers who won and lost 40 years ago have to say to their counterparts in the anti-death-penalty movement today? Would they recommend bringing a case?

    We went to Michael Meltsner, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston and one of the last professionally active members of the cohort of NAACP lawyers who won the Furman case (he wrote a book about that effort called Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment ). At age 24, when he was hired by Thurgood Marshall, he became the second white attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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