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SCOTUS Just Limited "Victim Impact" Statements. Liberals Will Have Mixed Feelings.

In a 1987 decision called Booth v. Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled that “victim impact evidence” in capital cases—statements by family and friends of the victim read in court to the jury—generally violate the 8 th Amendment. Four years later, in Payne v. Tennessee, the court reversed part of that decision following a few personnel changes. The court held that victim impact evidence relating to “the emotional impact of the crimes on the victim’s family” was allowed.
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