489 US 1091 Bonin v. California

489 U.S. 1091

109 S.Ct. 1561

103 L.Ed.2d 864

William George BONIN, petitioner,

No. 88-6341.

Supreme Court of the United States

March 20, 1989

On petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of California.

The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

Motion for Leave to File Petition for Rehearing Denied Oct. 10, 1989.

See 493 U.S. 914, 110 S.Ct. 272.

Justice MARSHALL, with whom Justice BRENNAN joins, dissenting.


Adhering to my view that the death penalty is in all circumstances cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 231, 96 S.Ct. 2909, 2973, 49 L.Ed.2d 859 (1976) (MARSHALL, J., dissenting), I would grant the petition for certiorari and vacate the death sentence in this case. Even if I did not hold this view, I would grant the petition to resolve the question whether a trial court may instruct a penalty phase jury that, "[i]f you conclude that the aggravating circumstances outweigh the mitigating circumstances, you shall impose a sentence of death." As I stated in Hamilton v. California, 488 U.S. 1047, 109 S.Ct. 879, 102 L.Ed.2d 1002 (1989) (MARSHALL, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing), "I have grave doubts that such an instruction permits the individualized and reliable sentencing determination that the Constitution requires in capital cases, particularly where, as here, it is coupled with prosecutorial remarks stressing the limits on jurors' discretion." Id., at 1047, 109 S.Ct. at 880. I dissent.