Death Row Letter Was Moving, But It Left Out An Important Fact

03/12/2014 03:09 pm ET | Updated Mar 12, 2014
  • Ryan Chittum Columbia Journalism Review

As part of its “Letters From Death Row Series,” it ran a long missive from Ray Jasper, who is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas next Wednesday. It had all the stuff of a compelling story: injustice, racism, an underprivileged man quoting Thoreau and Aristotle, Texas, God, etc. It went viral, and currently has 1.7 million pageviews.

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