1 Analyses of this case by attorneys

  1. Capital Defense Weekly, May 26, 2003

    Capital Defense NewsletterMay 26, 2003

    We are to keep the balance true." Payne, 501 U.S. at 827, 111 S. Ct. at 2609 (quoting Snyder v. Massachusetts, 291 U.S. 97, 122, 54 S. Ct. 330, 338, 78 L. Ed. 674 (1934)). The Court thus removed the per se bar to the admission of victims' statements regarding the effect of a crime upon their lives, requiring only that the states determine the victim impact statements "relevance to the jury's decision as to whether or not the death penalty should be imposed."