A Texas Supreme court justice has found that the state’s death penalty system can be cruel, unnecessary, and unconstitutional.
A panel of the court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that said Texas’ capital punishment was unconstitutional, but said the justices’ opinion does not set a precedent for how other states can use the death penalty.
The case comes as Texas, the second most populous state in the U.S., is under intense pressure to ease its capital punishment law.
At issue is whether to abolish the death sentence altogether.
On Monday, the court said Texas could no longer use the capital punishment solely to deter crime.
A spokesman for the state capital court said the court was reviewing the opinion.
The appeals court ruling, filed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, found that Texas’ use of capital punishment for certain crimes violated the U,N.
Convention Against Torture.
In 2016, the International Court of Justice said the death sentences of some of the nation’s most notorious prisoners were “cruel and inhuman.”
It also noted that the United States “did not seek to impose a death penalty by any means whatsoever.”
The court found that capital punishment violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The court ruled that the death of a man convicted of killing his neighbor’s dog was unconstitutional.