. . . Capital punishment is a dwindling sanction but it’s still authorized by law, entrenched in the South and supported by millions of Americans. Carol and Jordan Steiker, professors at Harvard and the University of Texas Law Schools respectively, are the leading contemporary scholars of the death penalty. In Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment they have brilliantly defined—in language accessible to the general reader— the massive dysfunction of the current system and the course that a future Supreme Court could take to do away with it.
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It would be the perfect metaphor for this election if it weren’t reality.
All of us are painfully aware, thanks to the extraterrestrial logical thinking of one Anthony Kennedy, that corporations are now people and money is now speech. Out in the country, there are states desperate to kill people. They have had trouble getting the poison they need to do so because pharmaceutical companies have been reluctant to be seen as accessories before the fact of judicial murder. But now, as Buzzfeed News so ably informs us, one anonymous drugmaker and its hired mouthpieces have decided to supply the political buttonmen with their ammo, and they’ve come up with an innovative legal theory by which to do so.
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As a co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is a disruptor of chronic injustices who fights for the lives of prisoners on Alabama’s death row.
“[In the U.S.], 156 people exonerated after being sentenced to death. That means for every 10 people that have been executed in the U.S., we’ve identified 1 innocent person on the row, which is a really shameful rate of error,” Stevenson tells The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.
Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell [held] a press conference Friday morning to announce a new development in the case of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African-American boy from Alcolu who was executed in 1944 in the killing of two white girls.
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A group of Latino legislators passed a resolution demanding the end of the death penalty in the United States because it disproportionately affects people of color of all ages.
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. . . For the first peoples of this land, communities of African descent, other communities of color and poor people, news about America the violent is not really news at all. Ours is a different recognition grounded in a historic set of oppressions established through searing social custom, legislative fiat, religious teachings, and racial taxonomies. Enslavement, segregation, discrimination, criminalization, removal, poverty, second-class citizenship, and all manner of brutality and violation are its legacy. It is a legacy that continues still, nowhere more prominently than in the continued administration of the death penalty. . . . Read more
(source: Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.–Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University School of Divinity; Henderson Hill Veteran criminal defense and civil rights attorney and trial advocacy instructor based in Charlotte, NC.—-Huffington Post)
As the death penalty slows across the U.S., some counties continue to impose significant numbers of new death sentences. A report out Tuesday looks at eight key counties — including one in Arizona where 28 death sentences were imposed between 2010 and 2015.
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Also: When A ZIP Code Can Determine A Death Sentence by Kim Bellware, Huffington Post
After nearly 2 decades of declining use, opponents of the death penalty have begun what they characterize as a sustained legislative and political push to end capital punishment in states across the country.
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David Bruck, a soft-spoken Montrealer, has become one of America’s foremost opponents of the death penalty.
The memories have faded a little in the 21 years since David Bruck saved her daughter from the electric chair. Linda Russell, mother of South Carolina murderer Susan Smith, now recalls 3 things about him.
How softly he spoke. How intensely he opposed the death penalty. And that photo, on his office wall, of a tiny black boy: George Stinney, a 14-year-old sent to the chair after a flawed trial in 1944.
Continue reading: The Toronto Star