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Jan 28, 2016

Florida Holds Hearing On Capital Sentencing As Experts Urge Reform

In an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel, for­mer Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero (pic­tured) and ABA Death Penalty Assessment Team mem­ber Mark Schlakman call on the Florida leg­is­la­ture to repair the constitutional …

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Lethal Injection

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Feb 13, 2017

Former Federal Appeals Judge Urges Caution as Ohio Reschedules Executions

In a guest col­umn for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, retired fed­er­al appeals court judge Nathaniel R. Jones (pic­tured) urged Ohio to recon­sid­er its race to death” in sched­ul­ing exe­cu­tions while the constitu…

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Victims' Families

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Federal Death Penalty

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Nov 13, 2019

Former State and Federal Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement Officials and Families of Murder Victims Urge Federal Government to Call Off Executions

Hundreds of for­mer state and fed­er­al judges, pros­e­cu­tors, law enforce­ment and cor­rec­tions offi­cials, and fam­i­ly mem­bers of homi­cide vic­tims have signed on to a series of let­ters urg­ing the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to halt the five fed­er­al exe­cu­tions sch…

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May 03, 2006

NEW VOICES: California Chief Justice Calls Death Penalty Dysfunctional”

Ronald George (pic­tured), Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, recent­ly called the state’s death penal­ty dys­func­tion­al” and crit­i­cized state law­mak­ers for their unwill­ing­ness to ade­quate­ly fund the state’s cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment sys­tem. The…

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Clemency

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Jan 31, 2006

NEW VOICES: California Judge Seeks Clemency for Man He Sentenced to Death

More than two decades after Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles R. McGrath con­demned Michael Morales to die, McGrath is ask­ing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemen­cy because the con­vic­tion was like­ly based on false tes…

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Federal Death Penalty

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May 08, 2007

NEW VOICES: Federal Judge Advises Justice Department to Rethink Death Case

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero recent­ly halt­ed the penal­ty phase of a fed­er­al cap­i­tal case in Los Angeles and told pros­e­cu­tors that he believes the U.S. Justice Department should recon­sid­er its deci­sion to seek the death penal­ty for Petro Pet…

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Innocence

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Victims' Families

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Jan 03, 2005

NEW VOICES: Federal Judge Discusses His Concerns About the Death Penalty

In an inter­view with The New York Times, Judge Jed S. Rakoff (pic­tured) dis­cussed his rea­sons for find­ing the fed­er­al death penal­ty to be uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. Judge Rakoff ruled in April 2002 that the death penal­ty failed to secure due process becaus…

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Federal Death Penalty

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Jan 30, 2007

NEW VOICES: Federal Judge Says New York Case is Absurd” Waste of Time and Money

U.S. District Judge Frederick Block recent­ly told fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors that pur­su­ing a death sen­tence for Kenneth McGriff would be an absurd” waste of time and mon­ey. According to a court tran­script, while jurors were on a break dur­ing clos­ing arg…

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Federal Death Penalty

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Mar 03, 2008

NEW VOICES: Federal Judge Says Seeking Death Sentence not Worth the Costs

Federal District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein said recent­ly that seek­ing the death penal­ty against Humberto Pepin Taveras in New York is not worth the effort of pros­e­cu­tors or tax­pay­ers’ mon­ey. Based on the his­to­ry of cas­es tried in metropolitan…

Jul 18, 2003

NEW VOICES: Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Decries Death Penalty

Charles B. Blackmar, senior judge of Missouri’s Supreme Court from 1982 – 1992, recent­ly called for con­sid­er­a­tion of abol­ish­ing the death penal­ty. In a let­ter to the edi­tor that appeared in the Kansas City Star, Blackmar stat­ed: Mos…

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Mar 27, 2014

NEW VOICES: Former New Hampshire Justices Support Death Penalty Repeal

Two for­mer jus­tices of the New Hampshire Supreme Court recent­ly voiced their sup­port for repeal­ing the death penal­ty. In an op-ed, Joseph Nadeau (l.) and John Broderick (r.) empha­sized the death penal­ty’s lack of deter­rent effect,…

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Jan 28, 2013

NEW VOICES: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Calls Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill recent­ly vot­ed to strike down the death penal­ty, when he dis­sent­ed in an order set­ting an exe­cu­tion date for Jeffrey Wogenstahl. Justice O’Neill wrote, I would hold that cap­i­tal punishme…

Oct 27, 2004

NEW VOICES: Texas Judge Calls for Halt to Executions

Judge Tom Price, a 30-year vet­er­an Republican jurist on Texas’s high­est crim­i­nal court, recent­ly stat­ed that those on the state’s death row con­vict­ed with evi­dence from the Houston Police Department crime lab should not be exe­cut­ed until questions…

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Sentencing Alternatives

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Apr 03, 2006

Washington Supreme Court Closely Divided on Rationality of State’s Death Penalty

The Washington State Supreme Court recent­ly came with­in one vote of effec­tive­ly abol­ish­ing the state’s death penal­ty when it ruled in the case of death row inmate Dayva Cross. Cross is on death row for the mur­der of his wife and her two teenage da…