Failure in Fairness

Failure in fairness The News and Observer
(Raleigh, NC)

September 23, 2000

Failure in fairness


In recent years, the evidence has grown steadily in North Carolina and the nation that administration of the death penalty is seriously flawed. Indeed, after completing an intensive six-month study, The Charlotte Observer recently concluded that North Carolina's death penalty system "is so tainted with mistakes, unfairness and incompetence that it risks executing innocent people while sparing some of the most vicious killers."

Among Killers, Searching For the Worst of the Worst

Among Killers, Searching For the Worst of the Worst WASHINGTON POST

December 3, 2000
Sunday, Final Edition

Among Killers, Searching For the Worst of the Worst


From 1986 to 1999, I wandered with extraordinary freedom inside Lorton Central prison, questioning more than a hundred street criminals, mostly murderers, to find out why they killed and to try to figure out what punishment they deserve. It was a perfect observatory for me: As a criminal law professor

Virginia Needs a Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Virginia needs a moratorium on the death penalty Roanoke Times

January 31, 2002
Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-McLean*

Virginia needs a moratorium on the death penalty

In the past, I have been a strong advocate of the death penalty. I voted in favor of the resumption of capital punishment in 1977, and I have supported additional provisions expanding the categories of criminal actions for which the death penalty may be imposed.

However, I have now become one of those who believe that we must take

Who Gets the Death Penalty?

Who Gets the Death Penalty? NEW YORK TIMES

May 13, 2002

Who Gets the Death Penalty?


How's this for a mistake in a death penalty case?

Back in 1994 the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, in an official order denying a request for a stay of execution, somehow inserted the wrong man's name into a crucial paragraph. So instead of William Henry Hance, which was the name of the man seeking the stay, the order contained a reference to someone named Larry Grant Lonchar.

Georgia authorities did not consider that to be a big deal. Mistakes

Killing for Votes


Killing for Votes:

The Dangers of Politicizing the Death Penalty Process

by Richard C. Dieter, Esq. Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center October 1996 Persons who undertake the task of administering justice impartially should not be required--indeed, they should not be permitted--to finance campaigns or to curry the favor of voters by making predictions

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