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Dec 29, 2010

EDITORIALS: Governor, Save Inmate’s Life”

In an edi­to­r­i­al, the Los Angeles Times has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California to com­mute Kevin Coopers death sen­tence before leav­ing office in ear­ly January 2011. The Times not­ed that con­sid­er­able doubt has been cast upon the evi­dence used to con­vict Cooper of four mur­ders that occurred in San Bernadino County in 1983. In par­tic­u­lar, they cite the analy­sis offered by fed­er­al Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who dis­sent­ed from the court’s refusal to review Cooper’s case. According to the…

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Dec 29, 2010

La pena de muerte, cada vez menos popular en EE.UU.

La apli­cación de la pena de muerte sigue su ten­den­cia a la baja en EE.UU. En 2010 fueron eje­cu­tadas 46 per­sonas, un 12% menos que el año pasa­do y casi la mitad de la can­ti­dad de ajus­ti­ci­a­dos que hubo al comien­zo de la década.

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Dec 10, 2010

EDITORIALS: New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor Says Abolish the Death Penalty”

Following the release of the report from the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Death Penalty, New Hampshires Concord Monitor called for an end to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the state. The Commission con­clud­ed a year of pub­lic hear­ings and care­ful study and chose by a 12 – 10 vote to rec­om­mend nei­ther expand­ing nor abol­ish­ing the death penal­ty. However, the Monitor point­ed out that the evi­dence pre­sent­ed to the com­mis­sion was pri­mar­i­ly in favor of repeal­ing the death penal­ty. One of the many argu­ments against the death penal­ty con­sid­ered by the Commission…

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Dec 01, 2010

OP-ED: America’s Death Penalty Broken Beyond Repair”

An op-ed by Bob Herbert of the New York Times high­lights issues raised by for­mer Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that changed his mind on the death penal­ty in the U.S. Herbert cites infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed by the Death Penalty Information Center and points to shod­dy defense and state mis­con­duct in the delib­er­ate with­hold­ing of evi­dence as promi­nent abus­es in the sys­tem. Executions have been upheld in cas­es in which defense lawyers slept through cru­cial pro­ceed­ings. Alcoholic, drug-addict­ed and incom­pe­tent lawyers — as well as lawyers who had been suspended…

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Nov 19, 2010

EDITORIALS: Illinois – Outlaw Death Penalty to Save Lives and Cash”

In a recent edi­to­r­i­al, the Chicago Sun-Times sup­port­ed the abo­li­tion of the death penal­ty in Illinois dur­ing the cur­rent leg­isla­tive ses­sion. The paper not­ed its past sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment: In the past, we’ve sup­port­ed the death penal­ty as long as the legal sys­tem gives the accused a fair tri­al that results in a ver­dict of guilt beyond res­on­able doubt. Sadly, in light of expe­ri­ences in recent years, that goal seems unre­al­is­tic.” Among the rea­sons for favor­ing abo­li­tion, the paper wrote that, The death penal­ty is arbi­trary — hand­ed down…

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Oct 29, 2010

EDITORIAL: No Justification” for Recent Execution

On October 29, a New York Times edi­to­r­i­al raised many con­cerns regard­ing the recent exe­cu­tion of Native American Jeffrey Landrigan in Arizona. The Times said the sys­tem failed him at almost every lev­el, most dis­turbing­ly at the Supreme Court.” Landrigan’s exe­cu­tion gar­nered nation­al atten­tion because a nation­wide short­age of sodi­um thiopen­tal forced the state to seek the drug from for­eign sup­pli­ers. Despite repeat­ed orders from a fed­er­al District Court judge, Arizona refused to divulge the source of their lethal drug sup­ply. The judge stayed the exe­cu­tion based on these concerns,…

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Sep 16, 2010

EDITORIALS: Connecticut Post Opposes Capital Punishment Even in the Face of Heinous Murders

A recent edi­to­r­i­al in the Connecitcut Post called for the end of the death penal­ty in the state even as the tri­al began in a cap­i­tal case cncern­ing hor­rif­ic mur­ders in Cheshire in 2007. In 2009, the Connecticut General Assembly vot­ed to repeal the death penal­ty but Governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed the bill, cit­ing the Cheshire crimes. The edi­to­r­i­al cit­ed a vari­ety of rea­sons for repeal­ing the death penal­ty, includ­ing its inabil­i­ty to deter crime, high costs, and the dan­ger of exe­cut­ing inno­cent defen­dants. The edi­to­r­i­al said, To be…

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Sep 02, 2010

EDITORIALS: The last man to die”

A recent edi­to­r­i­al in the Greensboro, NC, News & Record indi­cat­ed that cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment may be on its last legs” in North Carolina. In prac­tice,” the edi­to­r­i­al stat­ed, the death penal­ty near­ly is erad­i­cat­ed. It is com­pli­cat­ed, cost­ly and no longer trust­ed.” According to the paper, use of the death penal­ty has been in steady decline. In 1999, 25 defen­dants were sen­tenced to death and anoth­er 16 were added the fol­low­ing year. In 2009, there were only two new death sen­tences in the state and only two so far in…

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Aug 17, 2010

EDITORIALS: What Price is Too High for Death Row?”

In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that his admin­is­tra­tion plans to bor­row over $64 mil­lion from the state’s gen­er­al fund for the con­struc­tion of a new death row at San Quentin. At the same time, the governor’s lawyers have recent­ly sought approval from the courts to fur­lough state work­ers and reduce their pay. Teachers, police offi­cers and fire­fight­ers are los­ing jobs because of the bud­get cri­sis. The gov­er­nor also plans to end safe­ty net ser­vices for some of the poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens in the state. Yet the $64

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Aug 12, 2010

EDITORIALS: Life Sentence Plea Helps California Victim’s Family Move On

Recently, a California man pled guilty to the 2006 mur­der of Highway Patrolman Earl Scott. The defen­dant, Columbus Allen Jr., whose pre-tri­al pro­ceed­ings took more than four years, will now spend the rest of his life in prison, hav­ing waived his appeals. The Stanislaus County dis­trict attor­ney orig­i­nal­ly sought the death penal­ty against Allen, but there were no guar­an­tees that ver­dict would have been reached. Additionally, when the death penal­ty is imposed in California, years of appeals often fol­low, and it is not unusu­al for con­vict­ed mur­der­ers to out­live the…

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