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Mar 26, 2007

Chicago Tribune Changes Position and Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty

After decades of main­tain­ing a posi­tion that the gov­ern­ment should have the legal right to impose cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, the Chicago Tribune is now call­ing for abo­li­tion of the death penal­ty. Noting con­cerns about inno­cence, the arbi…

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Oct 16, 2008

EDITORIALS: A Call for Examination of Death Penalty in Tennessee

The Tennessean called for a more just legal sys­tem as a state leg­isla­tive study com­mit­tee on the death penal­ty con­tin­ues to meet. The com­mit­tee began its work this year after a series of embar­rass­ing mis­takes in applying …

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Apr 16, 2007

EDITORIALS: Dallas Morning News Issues Historic Call to End Death Penalty

Noting that they can­not rec­on­cile the fact that [the death penal­ty] is both imper­fect and irre­versible,” the Dallas Morning News has called on Texas to aban­don cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. The paper, which has long suppor…

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Dec 30, 2008

EDITORIALS: Death Penalty Moratorium Needed in Texas

The Dallas Morning News renewed its call for a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions in Texas because of the numer­ous errors in the state’s death penal­ty sys­tem. The paper high­light­ed the cas­es of Michael Blair and 

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Mar 08, 2016

EDITORIALS: Kentucky Newspaper Reverses Position on the Death Penalty

The Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky’s sec­ond-largest news­pa­per, announced it was end­ing its long-held sup­port for the death penal­ty, and now believes the state leg­is­la­ture should abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Describing its pre­vi­ous posit…

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Jan 22, 2008

EDITORIALS: Key Virginia Paper Shifts Position on Death Penalty

The Richmond Times-Dispatch, a key paper in the Virginia state cap­i­tal, has long sup­port­ed the death penal­ty. But their recent edi­to­r­i­al takes the posi­tion that cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment achieves no legit­i­mate goals that can­not be achieved by a lif…

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Feb 07, 2017

EDITORIALS: New York Times Hails Prosecutors’ Changing Views on Death Penalty

In a February 6 edi­to­r­i­al, The New York TImes hails the reform efforts of the new gen­er­a­tion” of state and local pros­e­cu­tors who are work­ing to change the United States’ crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, and espe­cial­ly the use of the death penalt…

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Apr 28, 2008

EDITORIALS: Proposed Law Would Harm Younger Victims

The gov­er­nor of Missouri, Matt Blunt, has pro­posed that his state expand the death penal­ty to include cas­es of sex­u­al assault against chil­dren where the vic­tim is not killed. However, accord­ing to an edi­to­r­i­al in the Springfield N…

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Feb 06, 2008

EDITORIALS: Don’t expand cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, abol­ish it”

In a recent edi­to­r­i­al, the Concord Monitor advo­cat­ed against expand­ing New Hampshire’s death penal­ty law to include mul­ti­ple-mur­der offens­es, as some law­mak­ers have pro­posed. Instead, they say, the death penal­ty should be elimina…

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Jan 27, 2016

Missouri Likely to See Change After Historic High in Executions

A decline in exe­cu­tions is like­ly in Missouri after two years of unusu­al­ly high num­bers. In 2014, Missouri tied with Texas for the most exe­cu­tions in the U.S., and it was sec­ond to Texas in 2015. However, chang­ing atti­tudes about …

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Jan 23, 2006

NEW SOURCE: Scientific American Looks at Flaws in the Death Penalty

Philip Yam is the News Editor of Scientific American Magazine. He recent­ly post­ed an item on the mag­a­zine’s Web site about the death penal­ty. Some excerpts from the post­ing, enti­tled Science ver­sus the Death Penalty,” are below: …

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Jul 10, 2006

NEW VOICES: The Failed Experiment”

Anna Quindlen, writ­ing in the June 26, 2006 issue of Newsweek, reflect­ed on the under­ly­ing ques­tions sur­round­ing the death penal­ty: Hardly any oth­er civ­i­lized place does this any­more. In the past three decades, the num­ber of natio…

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Jun 01, 2006

NEW VOICES: Another Major Newspaper Calls for End to Capital Punishment

Reversing its long-stand­ing sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, the Spokane Spokesman-Review recent­ly pub­lished an edi­to­r­i­al call­ing for an end to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the United States. The paper not­ed that the deci­sion to change its stance on the d…

Dec 27, 2004

NEW VOICES: Bill Kurtis Describes His Shift on the Death Penalty

A&E tele­vi­sion host and well-known inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Bill Kurtis chron­i­cles his jour­ney from death penal­ty sup­port­er to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment oppo­nent in his new­ly released book, The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice.

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Jan 15, 2007

NEW VOICES: Dallas Morning News Calls for Halt to Executions

In a recent Dallas Morning News edi­to­r­i­al, the paper not­ed the incon­gruity between the state apol­o­giz­ing to a prison inmate who was freed fol­low­ing DNA test­ing, and its aggres­sive pur­suit of irrev­o­ca­ble exe­cu­tions. The paper state…

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Jul 05, 2006

NEW VOICES: Former Publisher of the Chicago Tribune Calls for End to Executions

In a recent op-ed, Jack Fuller, for­mer edi­tor and pub­lish­er of the Chicago Tribune, called for an end to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Citing a series of mis­takes by eye­wit­ness­es, police and foren­sic experts, he stat­ed that the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is to…

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May 19, 2006

NEW VOICES: Newspaper Changes Its Position-‘Commonsense Finding is that Death Penalty Has Failed and Should be Abolished’

An edi­to­r­i­al in the Asbury Park Press, a news­pa­per that for­mer­ly sup­port­ed cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, called on New Jersey pol­i­cy­mak­ers to aban­don the state’s cost­ly death penal­ty and replace it with the sure and swift” sen­tence of life with­out parole. …

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Dec 12, 2006

NEW VOICES: Oregon Paper Calls Death Penalty a Pointless Law”

The Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon recent­ly edi­to­ri­al­ized that the death penal­ty isn’t work­ing,” and con­clud­ed that the death penal­ty here is a point­less law. If we’re not going to apply this law, then getting…

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Jan 19, 2006

NEW VOICES: Texas Paper Calls for Halt to Executions

The San Antonio Express-News, which sup­ports the death penal­ty, recent­ly called for a halt to exe­cu­tions in Texas because of con­cerns about the ongo­ing prob­lems at the Houston Crime Lab. The Express-News stated:This month, New Jersey lawma…

Aug 30, 2004

NEW VOICES: Time to Re-Think the Death Penalty

An op-ed in Oregon’s Albany Democrat Herald called on the state to re-think its reliance on the death penal­ty: 20 years after vot­ers in Oregon rein­stat­ed the death penal­ty, it is time to take a dis­pas­sion­ate look and con­clude that it hasn’…

Aug 09, 2004

NEW VOICES: Time to Review the Costs of the Death Penalty

A recent San Jose Mercury News edi­to­r­i­al rec­om­mend­ed includ­ing the death penal­ty in the California Performance Review pre­pared for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to reduce pub­lic spend­ing. The paper stat­ed that the aban­don­ment of cap­i­tal punishmen…

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Jan 05, 2018

Retired Lt. General: Exclude Mentally Ill Vets from the Death Penalty

Saying that the death penal­ty should be reserved for the worst of the worst in our soci­ety,’” retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General John Castellaw (pic­tured) has urged the Tennessee state leg­is­la­ture to adopt …