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Death Penalty Dilemma

Death penalty dilemma USA TODAY USA Today, June 7, 2001
EDITORIAL:

Death penalty dilemma

Within minutes of losing their argument Wednesday that next week's execution of Timothy McVeigh should be delayed because the FBI withheld evidence, his lawyers were outside on the federal district courthouse steps, vowing an appeal. An official for the 10th Circuit, which would hear that argument, says a ruling there could be reached within hours. Regardless of how that goes, one side or the other is likely to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lack of Lawyers Blocking Appeals in Capital Cases

Lack of Lawyers Blocking Appeals in Capital Cases NEW YORK TIMES

July 5, 2001

Lack of Lawyers Blocking Appeals in Capital Cases
By CRYSTAL NIX HINES

Dozens of inmates on death row lack lawyers for their appeals, in part because private law firms are increasingly unwilling to take on burdensome, expensive and emotionally wrenching capital cases, death penalty lawyers say.

A Supreme Court Ruling Roils Death Penalty Cases

A Supreme Court Ruling Roils Death Penalty Cases NEW YORK TIMES

September 16, 2002

A Supreme Court Ruling Roils Death Penalty Cases

By ADAM LIPTAK

Not long after the United States Supreme Court invalidated Arizona's death penalty statute in June and only a week before the Arizona Legislature enacted emergency legislation to reinstate it, two men accused of murder tried a bold legal maneuver that may save their lives. They pleaded guilty.

The prosecutor was surprised but candid: he said the men could plead

An Imaginary Homicide

An Imaginary Homicide NEW YORK TIMES

August 15, 2002

An Imaginary Homicide

By BOB HERBERT, op-ed

If you are going to charge three defendants with capital murder for killing a newborn, do you have an obligation to show that the baby really was killed?

Not in Alabama, you don't.

Do you need to show, somehow, that the baby ever existed?

Not in Alabama. Not if the defendants are poor, black and retarded.

"I mean this thing is just unbelievable," said Rick Hutchinson, a lawyer from the tiny Choctaw County town of Butler, whose

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

A Chance Reprieve, and Another Chance at Life

NYT-Cheever.html NEW YORK TIMES

June 29, 2002

A Chance Reprieve, and Another Chance at Life

By JOAN M. CHEEVER
op-ed

TAMFORD, Conn. — Thirty years ago today — June 29, 1972 — the Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty was unconstitutional because it was administered in a racially and geographically discriminatory manner. The decision ended up saving the lives of 611 inmates on death rows in 31 states. This week, in Ring v. Arizona, the court may have done the same for some of the 800 killers now housed on death rows in the nine

Servicemen on Death Row; 6 Killers Await as Military Justice Crawls

Justice O'Connor on Executions NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Servicemen on Death Row; 6 killers await as military justice crawls

By THOMAS M. DeFRANK
Daily News Washington Bureau Chief

It's called the special housing unit at a place known as The Castle. But for the six soldiers on the military's Death Row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., life is no fairy tale.

Despite intense public and media interest in Timothy McVeigh's execution, little attention has been paid to the six condemned soldiers incarcerated

Public Defender, Attorney General Seek Statewide Freeze of Capital Cases

Public Defender, Attorney General Seek Statewide Freeze of Capital Cases New Jersey Law Journal

September 16, 2002

Public Defender, Attorney General Seek Statewide Freeze of Capital Cases:
Time needed to review effect of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings

By MARY P. GALLAGHER

Bolstered by U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have placed death-penalty laws under new, enhanced scrutiny, New Jersey public defenders ó with support from prosecutors and the Attorney General's Office ó are seeking a statewide

Death Sentence Reversals Cast Doubt on System

Mercury-Mintz.html Mercury News

Series on California's Death Penalty:

  • Death sentence reversals cast doubt on system

  • State, U.S. courts at odds on death penalty sentences

  • Under fire, court eases limits on presenting new evidence

  • Saturday, April 13, 2002

    Death sentence reversals cast doubt on system
    COURTROOM MISTAKES PUT EXECUTIONS ON HOLD

    By Howard Mintz

    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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