Ten Years of Payne: Victim Impact Evidence in Capital Cases

By John H. Blume / Cornell Law Review, on 1 January 2003

Part I of this Article will discuss the Court’s prior decisions in Booth and Gathers, and Parts II and III will briefly attempt to clarify the parameters of the Payne holding. Part IV of this Article will survey the current legal landscape of state and federal practice regarding the admissibility of VIE and argument. Finally, this Article will offer in conclusion some brief perspectives on several unresolved issues in this particularly thorny (and misguided) area of capital punishment jurisprudence.

  • Document type Article
  • Countries list United States
  • Themes list Murder Victims' Families,