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.


Are We Executing The Innocent? Who Cares?

By: Friday November 4, 2011 6:01 pm

It all depends on what the meaning of the word “innocent” is…

Tinkering with the Machinery of Death Continues

By: Saturday September 24, 2011 9:00 am

In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun famously announced his opposition to the death penalty: “From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.” It cannot be administered fairly, he said, and “the inevitability of factual, legal, and moral error” ensures that some innocent defendants will be killed.

The circus around Troy Davis’ execution tells me that we are continuing to tinker with the machinery of death. We are diminished as a society as a result.

The State-Sanctioned Killing of Troy Davis

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 6:01 am

Was it when it was after 10 pm and the Supreme Court still hadn’t issued a decision? Was it when the Supreme Court issued a “temporary reprieve” instead of a stay of execution and left people emotionally on edge outside the prison? Or was it when there was an abrupt flurry of sirens that pulled up and police storm troopers marched over to provide reinforcement for a line of police, which had been standing on guard? Was that when it became apparent Troy Davis was going to be killed Wednesday night?


By: Thursday September 22, 2011 1:30 am

Comforting to know that being put to death without any physical evidence and seven of nine witnesses recanting is still possible in this country. And they say things aren’t like they used to be in ‘Murica. [Engage USA! chant macro]

Troy Davis’ Scheduled Execution: Democracy Now! Broadcasts from Georgia Prison

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 3:35 pm

UPDATE 2: Supreme Court refuses the stay, will not block the execution.

UPDATE: The Supreme Court of the United States has temporarily issued a reprieve while they consider the case. Could be minutes, could be hours, could be seven days.

The Georgia Pardons & Paroles Board is set to execute Troy Davis at 7 pm ET on International Day of Peace. Troy Davis’ attorneys filed a motion for an emergency stay of execution. Lawyers wrote, according to Huffington Post, “No physical evidence has ever conclusively linked Mr. Davis to the murder and significant suspicion rests on the man who implicated Mr. Davis to the police originally.” The Board denied the motion. The defense also wanted a certificate of probable cause to appeal. That was denied too.

UN Special Rapporteur Urged US Government to Intervene Before Troy Davis Was Executed

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 1:30 pm

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied Troy Davis clemency. The five-member board reviewed pleas for clemency yesterday and did not make a decision until this morning. Davis is scheduled for execution tomorrow, September 21. Clemency or the issuance of a stay of execution was Davis’ last available avenue for avoiding lethal injection.

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