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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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    2002 Year End Report: Concrete Changes Shape Death Penalty in 2002 2001 Year End Report: 22% decline in executions, drop in public support,

Reports from DPIC

DPIC Reports  
      Note: Allow reports to fully load before selecting links to sections or footnotes. Year End Reports


    2002 Year End Report: Concrete Changes Shape Death Penalty in 2002
    2001 Year End Report: 22% decline in executions, drop in public support, and a steady stream of successful reform efforts

Catholic Bishops of Iowa Issue Statement on Death Penalty


NEWS RELEASE, IOWA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

Timothy McCarthy, Executive Director, Iowa Catholic Conference
505 5th Ave., Ste 818, Des Moines, IA 50309-2393
515/243-6256

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Philadelphia Bar Association Resolution Calling for a Moratorium on Capital Punishment

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT FAIRNESS IN ITS ADMINISTRATION CAN BE ENSURED
Adopted by the Board of Governors November 25, 1997, voting 18 to 10.


WHEREAS, the American Bar Association, on February 3, 1997, adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions until such time that policies and procedures are implemented to "(1) ensure that death penalty procedures are administered fairly and impartially, in accordance with due process, and (2) minimize the risk that innocent persons may be

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