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Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:07 GMT

Author: Janice Konya-Grabill
Position: Death Penalty Law Clerk
Institution: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division
Submitted Date: April 25, 2007
Published Date: April 25, 2007
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In the recent editorial entitled "Lethal Injection Is Not Humane," the following question is posed:

"Why was capital punishment illegal for a decade until it was reinstated by a Supreme Court ruling in 1976?"

Trouble is, the death penalty was not illegal for a decade, but only for the four years between Furman v. Georgia, 408 U,.S. 238, 92 S.Ct. 2726 (1972), and Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 96 S.Ct. 2909 (1976).

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