Georgia

Georgia

Whether to Kill Those Who Killed as Youths

Whether to Kill Those Who Killed as Youths NEW YORK TIMES

August 22, 2000

YOUNG AND CONDEMNED / A SPECIAL REPORT
Whether to Kill Those Who Killed as Youths

By SARA RIMER and RAYMOND BONNER

If the state of Georgia electrocutes Alexander Williams on Thursday, as planned, five people who committed murder when they were 17 will have been put to death this year in the United States. That is more than in any year since 1954, when six teenagers were executed in Florida and Georgia.

Killing the Insane

Killing the Insane WASHINGTON POST

Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Page A14

Killing the Insane

EDITORIAL

IF THE STATE of Georgia has its way, Alexander Williams IV will soon be dead. Mr. Williams raped and murdered a teenage girl in 1986; his guilt is not seriously in doubt. Yet his execution would be barbarous. The reason is not just that Mr. Williams was 17 at the time of his crime, though the juvenile death penalty is a blight that should be ended. Mr. Williams also, in the words of prison doctors, suffers from "chronic paranoid schizophrenia,"

Who Gets the Death Penalty?

Who Gets the Death Penalty? NEW YORK TIMES

May 13, 2002

Who Gets the Death Penalty?

By BOB HERBERT

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

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