- Austin Sarat: Last week's election gave hope to death penalty proponents
- Balloting in California, Oklahoma, and Nebraska and the election of Donald Trump seem to foretell a comeback of capital punishment, but Sarat writes that it's not that simple
- Executions and capital punishment sentences are both declining, he says
Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and author of "Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty." The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
(CNN)After years of declining use of the death penalty across the United States and declining public support for capital punishment, last week's election gave hope to death penalty proponents. The results of balloting in California, Oklahoma and Nebraska as well as the election of Donald Trump seem to foretell a comeback of capital punishment.