Review the Capstone case, Payne v. Tennessee (501 U.S. 808 (1991) - 7598

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1. Review the Capstone case, Payne v. Tennessee (501 U.S. 808 (1991)). What was the issue the court had to decide? What was the court’s conclusion and rationale? What did the court mean when they said stare decisis is not an inexorable command? (http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/90-5721.ZO.html) 2. Review the Capstone case Tennessee v. Tracie Reeves . ( 917 S.W.2d 825 (Tenn. 1996)) Briefly discuss the issue the court had to decide, the ruling they made, and the rationale behind it. Also, do you agree that the girls took a substantial step toward the commission of a targeted offense? What test does the court establish for Tennessee to determine if a substantial step has been taken? (http://tn.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.%2FSAC%2FTN%2F1996%2F19960226_0012.tn.htm/qx) 3. Review the Capstone case Vacco v. Quill. (521 U.S. 793 (1997)) Briefly discuss the issue that the court had to decide, the ruling that they made, and the rationale behind it. What important distinction did the U. S. Supreme Court draw between assisting suicide and withdrawing life sustaining treatment? Do you agree that the distinction is valid? Why, or why not? Explain the difference between common law rape and modern statutes describing sexual assault. What does it mean to say that a rape statute is “not gender specific”? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacco_v._Quill) 4. Review the Capstone case Simon and Schuster, Inc. v. New York State Crime Victims Board (502 U.S. 105(1991)). Briefly discuss the issue the court had to decide, the ruling they made, and the rationale behind it. What was the significance of this case for notoriety-for-profit laws? On what basis did the Court find the New York law unconstitutional? (http://supreme.justia.com/us/502/105/)

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