Sentences: Capital Punishment Is Constitutional

For long anxious months, the 83 in mates of death row at California's San Quentin prison waited for the State Supreme Court to rule upon the appeals of Frederick Saterfield and Robert Page Anderson. Both convicted murderers were challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty, and they could hardly have picked a more promising time or place for their plea. Their lawyers could argue with considerable authority that Western society has come to look upon execution as a cruel and unusual form of punishment. And the California court could be expected to listen sympathetically; it has earned a...

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