Source: (2010) Cardozo Law Review. 31(4): 979-1017.

When a majority of the Supreme Court rejected appeals in two capital cases involving the admissibility of victim impact videos, Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer disagreed and wrote separately respecting the denials of certiorari. The victim in one of the cases was Sara Weir, a nineteen-year-old young woman who was raped, stabbed with scissors twenty-nine times, and robbed by Douglas Kelly, a personal trainer who frequented the gym where she worked out. Kelly left Weir's body under a bed in his girlfriend's apartment, where the body was discovered by the girlfriend's ten-year-old son. Kelly was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death...(Excerpt).