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Federalism and the Looming Conflict over the Federal Death Penalty

Michael Mannheimer writes that some defendants in federal capital punishment cases in states that do not allow such punishment have raised constitutional challenges based on federalism grounds. The district courts have uniformly rejected these challenges. Mannheimer writes that, in coming years, more states are likely to abandon capital punishment. As more states abandon capital punishment, he argues, federalism challenges to federal death penalty cases will become more pressing. Read more here.