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Preventing a Miscarriage of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES
April 18, 2003

Preventing a Miscarriage of Justice
Editorial

The Future of the Death Penalty in the U.S.: A Texas-Sized Crisis

by Richard C. Dieter, Esq. Executive Director Death Penalty Information Center May 1994

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary
Introduction

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution (Part I)

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution - Part I THE NATION

January 8, 2001

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution

By ROBERT SHERILL

Part 1 of 2

"Capital punishment is to the rest of all law as surrealism is to realism. It destroys the logic of the profession."
- Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song


If you tried to sell death-penalty stock on Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission would have you prosecuted for fraud. Capital punishment doesn't achieve any of the things its backers promise it will, and it is

Gatekeeper Court Keeps Gates Shut

Gatekeeper Court Keeps Gates Shut CHICAGO TRIBUNE

June 12, 2000

Gatekeeper Court Keeps Gates Shut
Justices Prove Reluctant to Nullify Cases

By STEVE MILLS and KEN ARMSTRONG
Tribune Staff Writers

Second of two parts.

AUSTIN, Texas—By the time the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas ruled on Cesar Fierro's request for a new trial in 1996, it was clear his confession had been obtained under disturbing circumstances.

Nearly everyone involved with the case had come to agree that Fierro

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber CHICAGO TRIBUNE

June 11, 2000

Flawed Trials Lead to Death Chamber
Bush Confident in System Rife with Problem

By STEVE MILLS, KEN ARMSTRONG and DOUGLAS HOLT
Tribune Staff Writers

First of two parts.

AUSTIN, Texas — Under Gov. George W. Bush, Texas has executed dozens of Death Row inmates whose cases were compromised by unreliable evidence, disbarred or suspended defense attorneys, meager defense efforts during sentencing and dubious psychiatric testimony, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found.

Empathy for a Killer

Empathy for a Killer NEW YORK TIMES

July 5, 2001

Empathy for a Killer

By BOB HERBERT
Op-ed

What if a madman had invaded Andrea Yates's home in suburban Houston and drowned her 5 children?

It would have been the biggest story in America, with the coverage ranging from the sensational to the hysterical. Every angle would be pursued. Except one. There would be no serious attempt to understand the mental state of the killer -- to determine, for example, if there were mitigating factors at work. Few would care if he suffered from depression or some

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas NEW YORK TIMES

October 16, 2000

Lawyers Call for Changes in Death Penalty in Texas
A Study Cites Misconduct and Racial Bias

By JIM YARDLEY

In a broad critique of capital punishment in Texas, a new report concludes that the state's death penalty system is in dire need of change because of problems like prosecutorial misconduct, racial bias, phony experts and inadequate lawyers for poor defendants.

The report was written by the Texas Defender Service, a nonprofit group

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention NEW YORK TIMES

November 12, 2000

Mentally Retarded Man Facing Texas Execution Draws Wide Attention

By RAYMOND BONNER and SARA RIMER

LIVINGSTON, Tex. -- Even on death row, Johnny Paul Penry is an outcast, shunned by other inmates because of his mental retardation. Mr. Penry, whose I.Q. has been tested by state authorities at 56, spends his days coloring with crayons and looking at comic books he cannot read, his lawyers say. He says he still believes in Santa Claus. Now, after 20 years on death

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