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[...] the public's ambivalence was made clear when a majority indicated in a public-opinion poll that their vote would not be affected by a legislative decision to abolish capital punishment and replace it with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. In recent years, the Supreme Court narrowed the application and scope of capital punishment by declaring unconstitutional, in Roper v. Simmons (2005), the execution of juveniles and, in Atkins v. Virginia (2002), the mentally retarded.
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