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A Summary of the Columbia University Study by Prof. James S. Liebman

A BROKEN SYSTEM: ERROR RATES IN CAPITAL CASES 1973-1995

A Summary of the Columbia University Study by Prof. James S. Liebman
by the Death Penalty Information Center

The Study:

This is a statistical study of capital cases funded by the Columbia University School of Law. The study was conducted by Professor James S. Liebman of Columbia University School of Law, Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and Valerie West, a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, New York University.

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Race and the Death Penalty in North Carolina

Race and the Death Penalty in North Carolina
An Empirical Analysis: 1993-1997

Principal Investigator
Dr. Isaac Unah

Principal Collaborator
Prof. Jack Boger Presented by The Common Sense Foundation North Carolina Council of Churches
April 16, 2001

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A Broken System II: Why There Is So Much Error in Capital Cases, Questions and Answers

A Broken System II:
Why There Is So Much Error in Capital Cases

Questions and Answers


Professor James Liebman and colleagues at Columbia University recently released "A Broken System II: Why There Is So Much Error in Capital Cases," the follow-up to their groundbreaking, "A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases 1973 - 1995."

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A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty

A State of Denial: Texas Justice and the Death Penalty Texas Defender Service*

A STATE OF DENIAL:
TEXAS JUSTICE AND THE DEATH PENALTY

Executive Summary

The nation is embroiled in a debate over the death penalty. Each day brings fresh accounts of racial bias, incompetent counsel, and misconduct committed by police officers or prosecutors in capital cases. The public increasingly questions whether the ultimate penalty can be administered fairly - free from the taint of racism; free from the disgrace of counsel sleeping through a client's trial; free from the risk of executing an innocent person. Support for the death penalty is falling, and across the country, momentum gathers for a moratorium. Even death penalty supporters - such as Illinois Governor George Ryan - have acknowledged the need for fundamental reform.

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