Judge Kopf: I would uphold the death penalty for an innocent man rather than play games with the law

By Debra Cassens Weiss | Sept. 16, 2014 | ABA Journal

A blogging federal judge has taken on a controversial question: Should federal court judges allow the execution of a factually innocent defendant?

Writing at Hercules and the Umpire, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf says he accepted the risk of condemning an innocent to die when he became a federal judge in 1992. “I will have to live with my knowing choice if such a horror comes to pass,” the Nebraska judge writes. “I will have no one to blame but myself.”

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