Monday, June 6, 2011

On June 6

On this day in ...
... 1995, the Constitutional Court of South Africa issued its 2d-ever judgment. The court held unanimously in State v. Makwanyane that the death penalty violated the human rights guarantees of the Interim Constitution. (credit for 2007 photo of court's building) Among the notable features of the opinion for the court by Justice Arthur Chaskalson is its reliance on U.S. Supreme Court opinions -- dissents, that is (as I noted in note 54 of this article) -- in the course of invalidating capital punishment.

(Prior June 6 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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