Never have truer words been spoken…

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 1:30 am

And now we come to a family member of the victims, who opposes reopening the case, but sums up attitudes towards past injustice in this country vividly.


And in ghouishly predicted news

By: Friday January 17, 2014 1:30 am

On the other hand, for proponents of the death penalty it was a great form of erotica.

Our “civilized” society

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 1:30 am

“Experimenting” with ways to kill people has an awful Josef Mengele quality to it.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Evan J. Mandery, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 2:58 pm

This book provides unparalleled insights into the workings of the Supreme Court and the often wildly unpredictable and clandestine underpinnings of rules of law that eventually emerge in far tidier terms in the justices’ written opinions. It is rich with revelations, intrigue, and scholarly perspective about the law and politics of capital punishment. A Wild Justice pays many handsome dividends in the reading.

FBI Found Scientific Errors in 27 Death Penalty Convictions

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 11:30 am

So much for beyond a reasonable doubt. According to a new report by the FBI, the bureau’s forensic experts have made numerous mistakes in linking evidence to defendants in death penalty cases. The report noted 27 instances of incorrect testimony that helped convict defendants.

Preventing the Texecution of Duane Buck, Sentenced to Death Because Black

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 5:05 pm

To even the most casual observer, it is clear that Texas’ justice system is plagued by serious racial inequalities. The case of Duane Buck is an outrageous example of racial discrimination in Texas’ death penalty. At Mr. Buck’s capital sentencing hearing sixteen years ago, the prosecutor elicited testimony from a psychologist who said Mr. Buck posed a future danger to society because he’s black. Based on this testimony, the prosecutor then urged the jury to issue a death sentence — which they did. Neither the judge nor Mr. Buck’s attorney at the time objected to this testimony, belying a larger national problem in which defense for the indigent is horribly lacking and under-funded.

This testimony was so egregious that in 2000, Senator John Cornyn, who was then Texas’ Attorney General, identified seven cases in which the state unconstitutionally relied on testimony linking race to future dangerousness. All of the defendants — except Mr. Buck — were awarded new sentencing hearings. Mr. Buck was arbitrarily and unfairly singled out in this instance.

Death Penalty Dying Out

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 1:05 pm

Most of the world’s governments no longer use the death penalty. Among wealthy nations there is one exception remaining. The United States is among the top five killers in the world. Also in the top five: the recently “liberated” Iraq.

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.

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