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

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

January 8, 2001

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution

By ROBERT SHERILL

Part 2 of 2

The Supreme Court's Dismaying Muddle

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored...along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural and substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle the Court's delusion that the
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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

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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

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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.

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Questions of Innocence: Legal Roadblocks Thwart New Evidence on Appeal

Questions of innocence CHICAGO TRIBUNE December 18, 2000

Questions of innocence
Legal roadblocks thwart new evidence on appeal

By STEVE MILLS
Tribune Staff Writers

Last of two parts.

JACKSONVILLE—By the time Leo Jones was executed in Florida's electric chair in March 1998 for the sniper killing of a police officer, the case that had sent him to Death Row 16 years before had slowly but unmistakably come apart.

The main witness against him had recanted. Two key officers in the case had left the Police Department under a cloud, and allegations that one

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Shadows of Doubt Haunt Executions

Shadows of doubt haunt executions 3 cases weaken under scrutiny CHICAGO TRIBUNE December 17, 2000

Shadows of doubt haunt executions
3 cases weaken under scrutiny

By STEVE MILLS, MAURICE POSSLEY and KEN ARMSTRONG
Tribune Staff Writers

First of two parts.

In July 1998, the State of Arkansas executed Wilburn Henderson for the murder and robbery of a furniture-store owner, even though a federal appeals court once ruled there was "significant doubt" about Henderson's guilt and powerful evidence that the victim's husband was the killer.

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The Challenge of Holiness: A Sermon on the Death Penalty

By Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein,
Senior Rabbi of Central Synagogue
Delivered at Riverside Church, January 10, 2000

Reno Troubled by Death Penalty Statistics

Reno Troubled by Death Penalty Statistics NEW YORK TIMES

September 12, 2000

Reno Troubled by Death Penalty Statistics

By MARC LACEY and RAYMOND BONNER

Saying she was "sorely troubled" by stark racial disparities in the federal death penalty, Attorney General Janet Reno today ordered United States attorneys to help explain why capital punishment is not applied uniformly across ethnic groups.

"We must ensure that all defendants who come into our system are treated in a fair and just manner," Ms. Reno said in announcing the results of

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McVeigh Errors Raise Doubts About Other Capital Cases

McVeigh Errors Raise Doubts About Other Capital Cases USA TODAY

Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Page 14A

McVeigh Errors Raise Doubts About Other Capital Cases
Our view: FBI blunders spotlight how often death-penalty cases are flawed.

EDITORIAL

Today, when most Americans expected to be contemplating the death of Timothy McVeigh, they will instead be forced to contemplate his continued existence. It will also be useful if they cast a similarly jaundiced eye on the process that produced today's colossal anti-climax.

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When U.S. States Execute Citizens of Other Countries

When U.S. states execute citizens of other countries SOURCE

July 25, 2001

When U.S. states execute citizens of other countries
(source: Michael Dorf, Findlaw/CNN)

On July 20, Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating denied Gerardo Valdez's plea that his death sentence be commuted to lifetime imprisonment. Gov. Keating's decision was surprising because in this case, unlike in most others, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had recommended clemency based on mitigating evidence that was not presented at Valdez's original trial. Moreover, in

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