Supporters of the death penalty countered those opposed during demonstrations in Arkansas in April, when the state conducted four of eight planned executions. (Photo: STEPHEN B. THORNTON, AP)
"The first prominent European to call for an end to the death penalty , Beccaria is considered the founder of the modern abolition movement... In 1764 ...
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In 2005, Congress considered the Streamlined Procedures Act (SPA), which would have amended the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). AEDPA placed restrictions on the power of federal courts to grant writs of habeas corpus to state prisoners. The SPA would have imposed additional limits on the ability of state inmates to challenge the constitutionality of their imprisonment through habeas corpus.
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