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Death Penalty Debate

Now Is the Time for Maryland to Kill Its Death Machine

David A. Love | Posted 03.17.2013 | Crime
David A. Love

There is no better way for Maryland to celebrate King Day this month than to repeal the death penalty now.

Why Martin O'Malley Needs to Lead Maryland to Death Penalty Abolition

Amnesty International | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Brian Evans, Interim Director of Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Opposing the death penalty is not the political thir...

Calif. Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions -- I Would Know

Franky Carrillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

I was locked up more than 20 years ago for a murder I did not commit and last year, I was finally able to prove my innocence and was released. Replacing the death penalty is the only way we can guarantee that we will never make a fatal mistake in California.

Vote Yes on Prop 34

Franky Carrillo | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

When I was just 16 years old, I was stripped of my freedom, wrongfully convicted of a murder I did not commit. I spent twenty years behind bars before I was finally able to prove my innocence. If I had been sentenced to death, would I have been able to prove my innocence in time?

The Courtesy of Death

Joseph Rauch | Posted 12.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I agree that the death penalty is flawed in its implementation but I support it in principle and believe having good morals and supporting the death penalty are not mutually exclusive.

Prosecuting Jesus In Pasadena

Mark Osler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

There is no explicit argument for or against the death penalty, only the implicit message that this is an issue that should engage our faith, regardless of which side we are on.

Proposition 34 and Troy Davis

Franky Carrillo | Posted 11.21.2012 | Crime
Franky Carrillo

Two years ago, both Troy and I were in prison for murder, even though the case against both of us had fallen completely apart. One year ago, I had been set free, and Troy had been put to death.

Swiss Government Wants Death Penalty Abolished Everywhere

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

GENEVA -- The Swiss government has reaffirmed its commitment toward seeking the abolition of the death penalty "throughout the world." A Foreign Mini...

Carlos DeLuna, Cameron Willingham and Rethinking the Criminal Justice System

Dan Simon | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime
Dan Simon

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.

Since When Don't We Put a Price Tag on Justice?

Ty Alper | Posted 07.16.2012 | Crime
Ty Alper

Faced with unassailable evidence that the death penalty in California costs hundreds of millions of dollars per year, supporters tend to respond with what is intended to be a conversation stopper: "You can't put a price tag on justice."

The Death Penalty Option: I Support It

Ed Koch | Posted 07.01.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

I support having the penalty available as an option in particularly heinous murders. The reason being that many more innocent lives would be saved because of the deterrence factor.

Did This Man Suffer Cruel And Unusual Pain During Execution?

Reuters | Steve Robrahn | Posted 04.27.2012 | Crime

(Reuters) - A Kentucky judge ordered state officials to consider using a single drug to carry out executions instead of a series of three drugs used b...

Shifts Seen In Support For Death Penalty Around The Country

Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion

By Kevin Johnson USA Today WASHINGTON (RNS) The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actio...

Victims Support Death Penalty Repeal in Connecticut

Andrea Lyon | Posted 04.10.2012 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

A recent study by former Yale Law School Professor Donohue has shown that the death penalty is given in Connecticut far more based on race and location of the victim than any other factor.

Laura Bassett

Death Sentences In U.S. Fell To Record Low In 2011: Report | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

The number of new death sentences issued in the U.S. dropped from 112 in 2010 down to 78 this year, marking the first time the number has fallen below...

Two Volunteers for Execution, Two Governors Who Would Not Let Them Die

David Protess | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

While abolitionists cheered the news that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had declared a moratorium on executions last week, the public reacted with surprise. Oregon has the death penalty?

Willful Ignorance In Texas Execution?

Radley Balko | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

A week from today, Texas death row inmate Henry "Hank" Skinner is scheduled to be executed for the 1995 murders of Twila Busby and her two adult sons....

Cheers Or Tears? What Confucius Would Say About Texas Executions

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Confucius is rarely heard in contemporary debate. But what indeed would Confucius make of this latest public ovation for what the audience perceived to be the benefits of capital punishment?

The Next Death Penalty Battleground

Alec Baldwin | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Alec Baldwin

A quick glance tells us the most active killing states comprise the "Old South," and a look at the racial makeup of death row today suggests to many that it is a relic of slavery. But a closer look tells us even more.

The Death Penalty Is Political Sport At Its Most Barbarous

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

When the audience cheered the death penalty accomplishment, I felt like I was at the Colosseum surrounded by Romans giving thumbs down to a beleaguered Christian before the lions. It is barbaric.

What I Learned At My Arrest At Troy Davis' Execution

Stephen Dear | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Stephen Dear

Stand with me and say, "I am here to stop the execution of the next Troy Davis -- and every single person living on death row."

The 'Lynching' Of Troy Davis And White Christianity

Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D.

It is time to contend with our complicity in the enduring legacy of lynching in the contemporary practice of the death penalty. It contradicts our claims of being Christian and democratic.

Prayers For Troy Davis

Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion

Before Troy Davis was executed late Wednesday night (Sept. 21) he received an outpouring of prayer and support from around the world. The global prote...

Life Or Death? Sisters Of Murdered Man Debate Death Penalty

Loganville-Grayson Patch | Posted 11.22.2011 | Crime

Following the controversial execution of Troy Davis, two Georgia sisters whose brother was murdered discuss their views on the death penalty....

Troy Davis' Attorneys To Issue Late Appeal Before Scheduled Execution

Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime

By GREG BLUESTEIN, The Associated Press ATLANTA -- With less than half a day left to live, Troy Davis faced execution Wednesday despite a furious c...