USA - Broken Criminal Justice System
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The Trayvon Martin Affair
The state is defying international courts, the UN, and the Obama administration by denying Vienna Convention rights to a Mexican prisoner.
In recent years, capital punishment has been on a sharp decline, both in the courts and in the court of public opinion
Maryland abolishing death penalty Gov.
Carlos DeLuna was put to death in December 1989 for a murder in Corpus Christi. But he didn't commit the crime. Today, his case reminds us of the glaring flaws of capital punishment.
A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.
Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times Representative Patricia M.
An unlikely crusader, Diana Holt wages a heroic, long-odds battle against the death penalty. Diana Holt, photographed by Joshua Drake
Let’s get to your books, beginning with one that seems to be an exercise in empathy, Ernest Raymond’s We, the Accused .
Instead of searching for the truth, the state is going to absurd lengths to defend a dubious death sentence.
Steven Stanley Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Can the state force a person to take drugs in order to execute him?
No, this isn’t a post about how women are lying hussies out to ruin the lives of good men with wrongful rape accusations. If that’s what you were expecting, you’re definitely reading the wrong blog (actually, come to think of, stick around; you may learn something). What I’m talking about is this: Living in a rape culture, women are acutely aware of the type of rapes–and the type of victims–that are taken seriously.
Ernie Lopez is currently serving a 60-year sentence for harming six-month-old Isis Vas, who later died. (Photo courtesy of PBS FRONTLINE)
When Paul House was finally released from prison in 2008, he was a specter of the man who had been sentenced to death more than 22 years earlier. When I visit his home in Crossville, Tennessee, in March, House’s mother Joyce, who has cared for him since his release, points to a photo of House taken the day he was finally allowed to come home.