In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many are wondering where our mental health system has gone awry. The state of Texas's desire to kill Andre Thomas shows that we are a long way from where we need to be.
He is an unlikely watchdog over the criminal justice system, a 64-year-old former aerospace engineer from Southern California with no formal legal training. Yet his blog, The Skeptical Juror, has rapidly become a must-read.
At bottom, the primary cause for false convictions is the questionable quality of the evidence habitually used in criminal prosecutions. Poor evidence can be produced even when all actors follow procedures diligently and conscientiously.
Birthers are marginalized as racists. But when it comes to Perry and Trump, race-card dealers are barking up the wrong tree. Just ask Donald Trump, who is keenly aware of his excellent rapport with black people.
It would be understandable if the thousands who have rallied behind Troy Davis in recent weeks felt betrayed by their government and helpless in the face of unrelenting bloodlust. This feels something like Texas Justice.
Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 -- make that 235 as of today -- killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty for killing his three daughters by arson.
When Texas authorities arrested Humberto Leal García, a Mexican national with no prior criminal convictions, they tried, convicted, and sentenced him to death without ever informing him of his consular rights and without notifying the consulate.