When historical abuses are not addressed and resolved, they take new forms.
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.
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.
President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution is wrong. "Good Germans who were only following orders" are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
On Thursday the Truthdig team sat down with Mike Farrell, acclaimed actor, activist and anti-death penalty advocate.
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.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.
On Wednesday's Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a "legal lynching" Also: LA’s labor battle and the politics of HollywoodOn Wednesday's Truthdig Radio, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a "legal lynching.
To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system. A mandate from God that the adherents of this particular One True Faith should take over our nation’s institutions? Yup.