Mercy Shown by the U.S. Supreme Court to Juvies This Week


Mercy is the bottom line in a death penalty defense case, from the perspective of the sentencing phase of a case.  Mercy -- that elusive concept.  So elusive, in fact, that the law has seen fit to have legislatures basically define what mercy will be in death penalty cases, as various mitigation factors (“mitigators”) are defined as lists given in various statutes.  Find one or more of these factors in a case, then you’ve found where the mercy lies.  Simple as that.

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