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Catholic Bishop Resigns Over Secret Family

It certainly is difficult to uphold a vow of celibacy when confronted by the contradictory evidence embodied in two teenage children, and this is the reason why a Los Angeles-area bishop, Gabino Zavala, recently resigned from his vaunted position within the Catholic Church. 

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‘Democracy Now!’: Saving Mumia Abu-Jamal

For 30 years, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case has loomed large in debates about the death penalty in America. This week, his story took a major turn with the news that the prosecution in his murder case would no longer push for his execution. “Democracy Now!” ran two stories on the development Thursday, including a clip of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu requesting his release.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jennifer E. Beach

Prosecutors Stop Seeking Death Penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal

He may not walk free, especially if Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has his say, but after decades of struggles and appeals, Mumia Abu-Jamal will not face the death penalty for his fiercely contested murder conviction in the killing of a police officer 30 years ago.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death

On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.

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Only Conservatives Can End the Death Penalty

Forgive me, fellow liberals, but we’re not going to be the ones who lead this fight.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Probably’ Isn’t Good Enough

The Troy Davis case makes a compelling case against the death penalty—but not because it is exceptional. On the contrary, it’s fairly ordinary.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

In my own experience as a journalist covering this issue, the vast majority of politicians who defend capital punishment do so out of rank opportunism.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CC-BY-SA)

Troy Davis Is Dead

Troy Davis’ 22-year ordeal is over. The state of Georgia executed Davis on Wednesday night. In the years since he was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him recanted their testimony and his cause gained many supporters, among them the pope and Jimmy Carter. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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A Message From Troy Davis

A day before his scheduled execution, Amnesty International USA released a message from Troy Davis, who said, “I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.” Davis will be killed Wednesday night unless there is a last-minute intervention. (more)

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Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE


Troy Davis and the Politics of Death

Death brings cheers these days in America. That is why challenging the death sentence to be carried out against Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21 is so important.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

Killer in Chief

Gov. Rick Perry is a happy executioner, having presided over 230 executions in Texas. That’s more, reported The Texas Tribune, “than any other modern governor of any state.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Casey Anthony and Why We Need to Fix Capital Punishment

The case of the newly freed Anthony points to how our capital punishment system is marred by gender-based discrimination that both unfairly benefits and unfairly burdens female offenders.

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The Death Penalty and the Costs of an Obsession

The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


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No Stay From SCOTUS for Mexican on Death Row

The four justices (guess which ones?) who were hoping to hold off the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas, didn’t get their wish Thursday.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE


Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Uganda Weighing Life Imprisonment for Gays

Legislation that critics call the “Kill the Gays” law is under deliberation by a Ugandan parliament committee. It could make homosexual acts punishable by life in prison and add penalties for those who “aid and abet” homosexual activity.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence Declared Unconstitutional

The death penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn this week, as a federal appeals court declared, for the second time, that Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was unconstitutional.

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Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Death Penalty Meets Its End in Illinois

Although not everyone was happy with his decision, including some Democrats, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn put the kibosh on capital punishment with a new state law Wednesday. Only 34 more states to go.

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Illinois Is One Signature Away From Ending the Death Penalty

If Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signs off on the legislation, Illinois will become the 16th state to eliminate the death penalty. The state has not executed anyone since 1999, after it was discovered that innocent convicts had been put to death.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sang Tan

Report: Assange Worried About Rendition

One of the reasons that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his legal team are fighting his extradition to Sweden, where he stands accused of sexual misconduct, is that he is concerned about winding up in the U.S., or at Guantanamo Bay ...

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Are the Death Penalty’s Days Numbered in Texas?

Texas is one of those states that would appear to be among the least likely to do away with capital punishment anytime soon, but as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett reports, a district court in the Lone Star State will reconsider the death penalty this Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Swiss May Consider Death Penalty Reboot

Thanks to the country’s democratic signatory system, the Swiss government may soon be compelled to reconsider the “neutral” nation’s official stance on the death penalty in certain cases if its supporters are successful in drumming up 100,000 signatures by late February.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



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America Prefers to Execute Men, Apparently

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed this month, the first woman to be officially killed by the state of Virginia in nearly a century. In the five years since a woman was last executed in the United States, the government put 220 men to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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4 New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killings

Four police officers have been indicted on charges related to the fatal shootings that took place on the Danzinger bridge days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Two civilians were killed and four others wounded in the incident. If convicted, the officers could receive the death penalty.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Slams Uganda’s ‘Odious’ Anti-Gay Bill

The U.S. may still have a long way to go in terms of securing the civil rights of its GLBTQ citizens, but in some other parts of the world, such as Uganda, institutionalized homophobia threatens to take a deadly form. President Barack Obama spoke out Thursday against anti-homosexual legislation currently under consideration in the African country, calling the bill “odious.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Russia Kills the Death Penalty

A once-temporary ban on the death penalty is now set to be enshrined into Russian law, permanently banning the practice as Russia prepares to join the majority of the world’s countries in outlawing capital punishment.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



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A Cruel and Unusual Waste of Money

Executing people is expensive. A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says California is spending more than 10 times as much on capital punishment—$137 million a year—as it would on an alternative life-without-parole system. New York and New Jersey repealed ...

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti

Eighty-two years ago Sunday two Italian immigrants were executed after a dubious trial for murders someone else later confessed to. Whatever really happened, Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti have come to stand for the greater inequities of American justice. (Howard Zinn explains, after the jump.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Troy Davis and the Meaning of ‘Actual Innocence’

Remarkably, the Supreme Court has never ruled on whether it is unconstitutional to execute an innocent person.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Top Court Orders New Hearing for Troy Davis

Death row inmate Troy Davis might get a chance to clear his name in the 1989 murder of a Savannah, Ga., police officer, now that the Supreme Court has ordered a federal judge to grant him a new hearing.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE



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China Pledges Fewer Executions

China, which carries out more executions than any country—Iran comes in a semi-close second—is pledging to reduce the number of people killed by the state. While far from abolishing the death penalty, the government is narrowing the definition of execution-worthy crime.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE



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15 or Not, Alleged Pirate Will Be Tried as Adult

Whether or not Abduwali Abukhadir Muse is 15, as his father claims, he will be tried in New York as an adult for his alleged role in holding an American ship captain as a hostage. Muse’s mother, on the other side of the world, has asked President Obama for mercy, or to at least let her be with her son.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Death Penalty Keeps U.S. in Bad Company

Here’s a list of countries where you don’t want to find yourself when it comes to human rights: Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Iraq, Pakistan and the good ol’ U.S. of A. Those six states execute more of their citizens than any others, according to Amnesty International’s latest tally. The U.S. is the fourth-worst offender.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE


The Ugly America

“You really do hate America!” This was the parting shot from a man I had just debated on a television show shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Because he’s a notorious right-wing blowhard, I laughed it off as the raving of a crackpot in extremis

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Troy Davis and the Supreme Decision

Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed to hear Davis’ case on Sept. 29, but Georgia set his execution date six days before the hearing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Approves Execution of Military Convict

President Bush signed off Monday on the execution of Army Pvt. Ronald Gray, who has been on the U.S. military’s death row since 1988 for rape and murder convictions. Gray’s legal team is expected to appeal, and no date is set for his execution.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


An Unlikely Pair Fight the Death Penalty

A now-retired California judge who sentenced nine men to death, Donald A. McCartin, and actor-activist Mike Farrell make “an unlikely pair,” as they put it in this co-authored article. McCartin was once known as “the hanging judge of Orange County,” while Farrell has long opposed the death penalty, but today they see eye to eye.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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World Court Fights U.S. Executions

The International Court of Justice on Friday requested the U.S. not execute five death-row inmates in a decision that will put both the U.S.‘s controversial capital punishment policy and its historic rejection of international legal bodies in the global spotlight.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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‘9/11 Mastermind’ Mohammed Says He Wants Death Penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees appeared in court at the U.S. naval base’s Camp Justice for an arraignment that effectively sets the legal wheels in motion for the war crimes trials of Mohammed and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Former Illinois Governor Is Denied Appeal, Stays in Prison

The fraud and racketeering case against former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final request to appeal his 2006 conviction. With no other move to make, Ryan, who has been incarcerated since late 2007, will likely seek a commutation of his six-year sentence from President Bush.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Sentenced to Die Over a Download

Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, a 23-year-old Afghan student, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy because of an article he downloaded from the Internet. The verdict has aroused outrage around the world, and top U.S. and European officials have spoken with the Afghan government. However, some worry that international pressure could back Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the nation’s religious fundamentalists into a corner and therefore ensure that the execution is carried out.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
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Six 9/11 Suspects May Face Death Penalty

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay are facing official charges from the Pentagon that could result in the death penalty.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week:  Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Truthdig tips its hat this week to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who took the Anglican Church to task for what he called its “homophobic” attitude, declaring in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4 that, “If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


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