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How a Former District Attorney Finally Agreed With Activist Mike Farrell on the Death Penalty

Ira Reiner, who served Los Angeles County as D.A. for eight years, and Mike Farrell, president of the board of Death Penalty Focus, have publicly and respectfully debated capital punishment many times over the years. But it wasn’t until now, with the proposed Justice That Works Act of 2016 on the California ballot, that they see eye to eye.

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What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide

Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

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Former Death Row Inmate Gary Tyler Backing California Anti-Death Penalty Measure

After serving 41 years in Louisiana State Penitentiary for a crime he says he didn’t commit, Tyler is supporting Proposition 62 on the November ballot.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Gary Tyler on the American Justice System: ‘Truth Is Going to Stand Out No Matter What’

The former death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary spent 42 years in prison for a crime he says did not commit. Now he is speaking out on behalf of America’s prison population and calling for more rehabilitative programs.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



California’s Proposition 62 Can End the Suffering Caused by—and the Expense of—the Death Penalty

The state’s 38-year failed attempt to make capital punishment constitutional has resulted in more than 1,000 death verdicts and 13 executions—at a total cost of $5 billion.

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The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States

On Thursday the Truthdig team sat down with Mike Farrell, acclaimed actor, activist and anti-death penalty advocate.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.

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Robert Scheer and ‘M.A.S.H.’ Actor Mike Farrell Discuss Ending the Death Penalty in America

Farrell tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his efforts to save the lives of people awaiting execution—and the pitfalls awaiting celebrities who get involved in social causes.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

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America’s Criminal Injustice System

In this age of stop-and-frisk, racial profiling, mandatory sentencing, the death penalty, life without parole and execution-by-cop, I—a private eye for defense lawyers—can’t defend anybody.

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Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup

President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

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Matt Taibbi Warns That an ‘Even Less Responsive Oligarchy’ Could Follow a Trump Defeat

Another terrifying movement has risen in response to right-wing demagoguery; a University of Michigan professor is suing the U.S. government over “the law that killed Aaron Swartz”; meanwhile, five lawyers are responsible for 440 death sentences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Private Groups, Not Government, Lead the Charge on Prison Issues

As architects consider a ban on designing death chambers and a major pharmaceutical company stops selling drugs for use in executions, Washington sits on its hands when it comes to reform.

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The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

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The Suicide of the Liberal Church

The liberal denominations and their seminaries, by betraying the poor, especially people of color, in a desperate bid to stay financially solvent, are making themselves obsolete.

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The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the U.S. government was silent. Even after the execution, the U.S. refused to issue a strong denunciation.

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Saudi Arabia Executes 47, Including Prominent Shiite Cleric

The influential cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (at right), a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family, was among 47 people put to death in one day. The executions have provoked international outrage and sharply escalated diplomatic tensions in the region.


 

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The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia earned his stripes as the court’s loosest cannon for his remarks on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, while Justice Clarence Thomas was honored for making it through his ninth year without asking a single question during oral arguments.

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Hillary Clinton Comes Out in Favor of the Death Penalty

The Democratic presidential candidate said at a breakfast event in New Hampshire on Wednesday that she did not support abolishing capital punishment.

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Richard Glossip Is Granted a Stay of Execution by Oklahoma’s Governor

The execution of Richard Glossip was postponed Wednesday for 37 days, thanks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who cited questions about the state’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection.

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Is Oklahoma About to Murder an Innocent Man?

On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.

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Georgia Officials Disregard Pope Francis’ Clemency Plea on Behalf of Death Row Inmate

Despite the pontiff’s best efforts, he couldn’t persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.

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Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

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Richard Glossip Execution Halted by Oklahoma Court

An Oklahoma appeals court has granted a reprieve for death row inmate Richard Glossip just hours before his scheduled execution. As Truthdig’s Bill Blum recently explained, “His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night.”

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An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

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Jon Stewart: Thanks to SCOTUS, Americans Can Still Kill Prisoners Painfully and Everyone Else Slowly

After celebrating SCOTUS’ momentous decisions on same-sex marriage, the Fair Housing Act and Obamacare, the “Daily Show” host has one more thing to say to the Supreme Court justices: “What the fuck?”

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: ‘I Apologize to the Victims’ of Boston Marathon Bombing (Updated)

Following a series of emotionally charged testimonials from survivors and relatives of victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, convicted co-perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev publicly apologized to them all during a court hearing at which he waited to be officially sentenced to death. Updated

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Nebraska Legislators Override Governor’s Veto and Outlaw Capital Punishment

On Wednesday, the Cornhusker State became the 19th state in the U.S. to rid itself of one of our most archaic laws.

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The Moment of Decision: Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Unlike the guilt phase of the trial, the outcome of which was never in doubt, the penalty segment will be a slugfest pitting two diametrically opposed narratives of criminal justice.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Capital Punishment? A Dead Policy Walking

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Tsarnaev Found Guilty of All Counts, Including 17 Carrying Possible Death Penalty

The verdict is in on the Boston bombing trial, leaving the jury to deliberate over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty or a life sentence for his role in the 2013 tragedy.

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Amnesty International: China Still No. 1 in Executions

Amnesty International has released an annual report of the recorded death sentences carried out around the world in 2014. China’s estimated tally was higher than the combined number of executions in all other countries.

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In Boston Bombing Trial, Winners and Losers Are Hard to Tell Apart

To a nation riveted by the televised trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony, following a life-or-death courtroom drama with no cameras is proving to be a nail-biter.

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Oregon’s Disgraced Governor Could Save 34 Lives on His Way Out

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is resigning from office amid scandal, has an opportunity to put a positive spin (for some) on his exit.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Will Hear Death Penalty Case, but Not in Time to Save 3 Lives

The high court agreed Friday to hear a case testing the humaneness of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Leonard Beerman: Activist, Pacifist, Rebel and Rabbi

In a remembrance published earlier this week, the Rev. Madison Shockley recalled Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who will be buried today, as a great light for justice and peace.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

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Federal Judge Throws Out California’s Death Penalty

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, an appointee of George W. Bush, ruled Wednesday that the state’s capital punishment system is unconstitutional because long delays create uncertainty.

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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Halts Execution of Robert James Campbell at Eleventh Hour

A court in Texas halted an execution Tuesday with just hours to spare of a convicted murderer who had appealed on grounds he suffered intellectual disabilities.

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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE


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