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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



Texas Death Row Inmate: ‘Slavery’ Endures in Jails Around America

In what he says may be his “final statement on Earth,” Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper offers a plainly devastating take on the American judicial system and on Texas’ bizarre law of parties, which allows the state to execute him even though he didn’t commit murder.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Florida Set to Execute Mentally Ill Man (UPDATED)

Barring a last-minute intervention, John Errol Ferguson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe” mental illness.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Prisoner William Van Poyck’s Final Farewell

On June 12, the state of Florida executed a man convicted of killing a corrections officer during a failed attempt to free a prisoner in 1987. In a May article, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges wrote that William Van Poyck “spent years exposing the cruelty of our system of mass incarceration.” We reprint his last letters to his sister in full.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges Walks With a Champion of the Imprisoned

“It has been so strange,” Herbert Richardson told incarceration activist Bryan Stevenson on the day of his execution. “All day long people have been saying to me, ‘What can I do to help you?’ … More people have said what can they do to help me in the last 14 hours of my life than they ever did” before, Chris Hedges writes in Smithsonian magazine.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Texas Executes Mentally Disabled Death Row Prisoner

A perversion of American literature helped the state of Texas make 54-year-old Marvin Wilson the second mentally disabled prisoner to be executed within its borders in three weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Connecticut Abolishes Capital Punishment

Connecticut this week became the 17th state to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with an ultimate punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Budget Crises Put an Expiration Date on Death Row

At least five states are considering getting rid of the death penalty, but the possible repeals have nothing to do with ethics. A study has shown that executions cost taxpayers three times as much as putting an inmate away for life, and budget shortfalls are making even capital punishment hawks doubt the sensibility of their position.

Posted on Dec 28, 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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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


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amnesty.org.uk

Supporters Hold London Vigil for British Death Row Inmate in China (Updated)

With less than a day to go before his scheduled execution in China, British supporters of Londoner Akmal Shaikh held an eleventh-hour vigil in London on Monday in an attempt to persuade the Chinese government to spare his life, arguing that Shaikh, 53, suffers from mental illness. Update after the jump.

Posted on Dec 28, 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


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


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