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Criminal Injustice

Criminal Injustice Independent Weekly
(Durham) October 16, 2002

Criminal Injustice

By BOB BURTMAN

No one's surprised to find drug addicts, thieves and sex offenders in criminal courtrooms. Just not sitting in the defense counsel's chairs. But in North Carolina, those facing the death penalty have often been represented by lawyers with nasty legal troubles of their own--including drug addicts, thieves and sex offenders.

Douglas Osborne was appointed to handle the trial of capital defendant

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A Basic Death Penalty Paradox that is Tearing the Supreme Court Apart

A BASIC DEATH PENALTY PARADOX THAT IS TEARING THE SUPREME COURT APART FINDLAW.Com
Legal Commentary

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002

A Basic Death Penalty Paradox that is Tearing the Supreme Court Apart

By EDWARD LAZARUS*

Currently, in the Washington, D.C. area, prosecutors from Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government are competing for the privilege of being the first to seek the death penalty against the beltway snipers. As unseemly as these acts of political one-upsmanship may be, who can argue that the punishment does not fit the crime?

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Arizona Should End Death Penalty

AR-NVeditorial Arizona Republic

July 28, 2002

Arizona should end death penalty
Old arguments for execution won't stand up against evidence of mistakes

Editorial

The constitutional defect the U.S. Supreme Court found in Arizona's death penalty last month is easily fixed.

Currently, judges decide whether there are aggravating circumstances that warrant, weighed against mitigating factors, death rather than life in prison.

Arizona law spells out the aggravating circumstances to be considered,

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Supreme Court Intervenes in Death Penalty Cases

Supreme Court Intervenes in Death Penalty Cases

Editorial, Miami Herald, editorial
Feb. 7, 2002

On the weighty question of whether an execution passes constitutional muster, both advocates and foes of the death penalty are in rare agreement: Let the courts decide.

Thus Gov. Jeb Bush halted today's scheduled execution of Robert Trease shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of another Florida inmate, Linroy Bottoson.

Both the Supreme Court and the governor made the right call. Gov. Bush, a strong supporter of capital punishment, said he made

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For 110 Inmates Freed by DNA Tests, True Freedom Remains Elusive

AP-CohenDNA.html THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

May 28, 2002, Tuesday, BC cycle

For 110 inmates freed by DNA tests, true freedom remains elusive

By SHARON COHEN, DEBORAH HASTINGS, AP National Writers

Their time in prison surpassed 1,000 years, and all were wrongly convicted. Then they returned to lives that had passed them by.

An Associated Press examination of what happened to 110 inmates after their convictions were overturned by DNA tests found that, for many of the men, vindication brought neither a happy ending nor a happy beginning.

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Quixote Center Press Release: MARYLAND GOVERNOR DECLARES MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS

Quixote Press Release

Quixote Center
PO Box 5206 Hyattsville, MD 20782
301/699-0042 301/864-2182 (fax) For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 9, 2002 Contact: Jane Henderson (Quixote Center)
301-699-0042 office
240-604-7329 cell

Maryland Governor Declares Moratorium on Executions

Concern of racial bias and other fairness issues fuel halt

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Counsel to Javier Suárez Medina Press Release: TEXAS BID TO EXECUTE MEXICAN CITIZEN "LLEGAL, UNJUST AND CRUEL"

Medina page Counsel to Javier Suárez Medina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2002
Javier Suárez Medina


CONTACT:
Lydia Brandt
(972) 699-7020
See additional contact information TEXAS BID TO EXECUTE MEXICAN CITIZEN
"ILLEGAL, UNJUST AND CRUEL"

Attorneys cite unheard evidence, treaty violations in new petitions


 

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Columbia University Press Release: NEW STUDY EXAMINES WHY THERE IS ERROR IN DEATH PENALTY CASES

Columbia University
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

LAW SCHOOL

Jerome L. Greene Hall, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, February 11, 2002 Contact: Laura Burstein, Fenton Communications, (202) 822-5200 ext. 222
Hayley Miller, Columbia University Law School Public Information Officer, (212) 854-2604

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DPIC Media Advisory: ILLINOIS COMMISSION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO RELEASE LANDMARK REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY

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MEDIA ADVISORY
Monday, April 15, 2002
Noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern CONTACTS: Brenda Bowser, DPIC
(202) 293-6970 x215
Cell - (301) 906-4460
Valerie Holford, Fenton Communications
(202) 822-5200 x226
Cell - (202) 365-5336

ILLINOIS COMMISSION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO RELEASE LANDMARK REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY

Reporters Nationwide Can Participate in Governor's Press Conference

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