An examination of Justice O'Connor's opinions on
capital punishment reveals a case-by-case approach showing a general support for the death penalty's
constitutionality. However, the opinions also reveal a careful review of the administration of the
death penalty by the States. Justice O'Connor's evolving skepticism about capital punishment has
played a significant role in many key decisions regarding the death penalty throughout her
twenty-four years on the United States Supreme Court. This report briefly surveys selected decisions
of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in death penalty cases, an area where her opinions have
frequently determined the outcome. This report will not be updated.