HISTORY: The Death Penalty Through the Life of Anthony Amsterdam

Critical developments in the modern history of capital punishment in the United States are examined through a biographical sketch of Anthony Amsterdam (pictured), one of the nation's most respected death penalty attorneys and legal scholars, in the latest edition of New York University's Law School Magazine. Prof. Amsterdam argued Furman v. Georgia before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972, resulting in

Resources from DPIC

NEW and Updated Resources
from DPIC Over the past few months, the Death Penalty Information Center has expanded some of the resources we have on our Web site and added a variety of new pages. Take a few minutes to explore these special offerings:
Lethal Injection - Covers the growing debate on the constitutionality of lethal injection.
Religion Resources - What the religious community is saying about the death penalty.

NEW VOICES: Former FBI Chief Expresses Concerns about Innocence and the Death Penalty

In a guest column published in the Jurist, former FBI Director William S. Sessions underscored the importance of making DNA testing available for those facing execution. He also encouraged states to thoroughly review their capital punishment systems and to make reforms to ensure greater reliability. DNA testing, he noted, has revealed that police often do not have the right suspect in serious crimes. In about 25% of the cases where DNA was available and a suspect had been arrested, testing showed that the wrong person was being pursued.

NEW RESOURCES: Scientific American Examines "The Mysteries of Anesthesia"

The latest issue of Scientific American contains an article about the science of anesthesiology, noting that "the medical specialty of anesthesiology has evolved into a sophisticated art form." The magazine reports that the scientific understanding of how anesthetic drugs actually work and how to make them better has lagged behind most other areas of drug development, a shortcoming that has resulted in safety concerns. Episodes of awareness during operations while under general anesthesia, even when administered by trained professionals, are reported by one or two of every 1,000 patients.

Grant Zeigler an Opportunity to Prove his Innocence

Published on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 by the Miami Herald by Bianca Jagger

Articles - General Death Penalty

  • L. Nelson, “Death Watch: Year in Review,” The Angolite, January/February 2009
  • C. Marin, ”A commuted sentence, and a life reborn,” Chicago Sun-Times, June 8, 2008.
  • "The Death Penalty" The Angolite, January/February 2007. The Angolite is an award-winning bi-monthly prison news magazine produced by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Articles - Juveniles

Articles - Texas