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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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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

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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State Polls and Studies

 
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Alabama 7/2005 temporary halt to executions
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Juveniles and the Death Penalty

ROPER v. SIMMONS, No. 03-0633

In March 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty for those who had committed their crimes at under 18 years of age was cruel and unusual punishment and hence barred by the Constitution. For more information, see: Roper v. Simmons Resource Page

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Juvenile Offenders on Death Row (1973-2005)

The Death Penalty for Juvenile Offenders was banned by the Supreme Court in 2005.  See the Roper v. Simmons Resource Page for more information about the case.

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