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Sunday Roundup

Sunday Roundup

07.27.2014
This week provided some notable examples of Crime and Punishment in modern America. First, football star Ray Rice received a two-game suspension...

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

07.25.2014
Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative"...
When the Guilty Are (Wrongly) Acquitted

When the Guilty Are (Wrongly) Acquitted

07.25.2014
We must talk about the wrongful conviction of innocent men and women, to remind ourselves that we need to look closely at a system that...
Hey, Arizona, Next Time Try Scaphism

Hey, Arizona, Next Time Try Scaphism

07.25.2014
If we're not ashamed of executing our lowlifes -- strange that rich people never seem to get executed, what's that all about? -- then let...
California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

07.24.2014
In 1960 the Supreme Court could have kept Caryl Chessman from being executed in San Quentin's death chamber. He was executed more than...
More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

07.24.2014
A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia,...
It's Time for a Nationwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

It's Time for a Nationwide Moratorium on the Death Penalty

07.24.2014
This entire story is a tragic one, and it should push us to admit that the path to justice simply cannot include more gruesome violence....
Emergency Call Reveals Lawyers And Judge Grappling With Prolonged Execution

Emergency Call Reveals Lawyers And Judge Grappling With Prolonged Execution

Michael McLaughlin  07.24.2014
A defense attorney, a government lawyer and a federal judge on a conference call grappled with whether to abort the unexpectedly prolonged...
How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Executions Went Awry

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Executions Went Awry

07.24.2014
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed...
Jan Brewer Orders Full Review Of Drawn-Out Execution

Jan Brewer Orders Full Review Of Drawn-Out Execution

07.23.2014
PHOENIX, July 23 (Reuters) - Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate...

Can You Hear the Death Rattle of Capital Punishment in California?

07.22.2014
After Judge Carney's decision, I am very concerned that many murder victims' families will soon be dealt another painful blow. If the state...
On and Off Executions Are Unconstitutional

On and Off Executions Are Unconstitutional

07.18.2014
Can there be any doubt that having one's execution scheduled, then postponed, then scheduled again and postponed again over and over is...
Missouri Execution Goes Forward

Missouri Execution Goes Forward

JIM SALTER  07.16.2014
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- A former methamphetamine dealer was executed Wednesday for killing three people in rural northern Missouri out...
Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty

Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty

Mollie Reilly  07.16.2014
A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down...