It’s Time to Think Outside the Box

By: Sunday April 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Don’t you think it’s time to do something about the schools to prison pipeline?


Countries Subject to US Intervention Become Executioners & Impose Death Penalty

By: Friday April 12, 2013 9:41 am

Amnesty International released its annual review of death sentences and executions around the world. The review found the five biggest executors in 2012 were China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA. It also found that the number of countries that abolished the death penalty rose to 97 and progress toward abolition of the death penalty was made in “all regions of the world.”

America’s Death Penalty Is Crumbling

By: Monday March 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Satirist Stephen Colbert called the death penalty “as American as killing someone with an apple pie,” but jokes like that might not work much longer.

America’s death penalty appears to be crumbling.

New Study Shows That Blacks Are 3x as Likely to Get the Death Penalty in Texas (Harris County) – Duane Buck Case Is Proof

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 10:00 am

Can your race be used against you when it comes to punishment? For minorities in Harris County, Texas, the answer is yes. The proof? A new study by University of Maryland Professor Raymond Paternoster. His research reveals that among the 504 capital cases he sampled in the county between 1992 and 1999, prosecutors were more than 3X as likely to seek death against black defendants than white defendants.

In other news, conservatives love the death penalty

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 1:30 am

This is hardly the first finding of race discrimination in regard to punishment ever conducted. Two years ago studies of the disproportionate use of the death penalty against African Americans ultimately led to its ban in Illinois.

Mentally Ill Death Row Prisoner Removed Both His Eyes – Will TX Execute Him Anyway?

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 5:30 pm

How crazy is too crazy to be executed? That is the question in the harrowing case of Andre Thomas, a Texas death row inmate who has gouged out both his eyes. Mr. Thomas’ case is featured in an extraordinary, must-read story in the March issue of Texas Monthly,

In 2012, Number of New Death Sentences Remained Near Historic Low

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 2:25 pm

A year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) indicates the “number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.” The number remained near the historic low number of death sentences in 2011.

Seventy-eight people were sentenced to death in the United States. States that had typically used the death penalty at higher rates, like North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Indiana, had no new death sentences.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Scalia Denies Stay, Texas Executes Mentally Retarded Man

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:54 pm

The Supreme Court justices have jurisdiction over various regions of the country when it comes to injunctions, particularly when it comes to stays of execution. In the case of Marvin Wilson, the mentally retarded man with an IQ of 61 and an intelligence level of a 6 year-old, set to die today in Texas in conjunction with a murder conviction, that appeal had to go through none other than Justice Antonin Scalia.

Mentally Retarded Man Faces Execution in Texas Today, in Contravention of Supreme Court Ruling

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 8:15 am

Staying with my Texas theme this morning, the state is about to execute a mentally retarded man today, despite a Supreme Court prohibition on the practice which they managed to get around, by finding a man with the intellect of a six year old was eligible for the death penalty.

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