Death Penalty Focus
A death penalty lawyer believes the California moratorium means death penalty trials should be halted, and at least some state Supreme Court justices might agree.
A new report finds that every person sentenced to death in Los Angeles County since DA Jackie Lacey was elected in 2012 was a person of color.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Curtis Flowers’ conviction for a quadruple murder in 1996 in Mississippi, but the DA says he plans to try Flowers for a seventh time.
Two milestones were reached in June, starkly illustrating how broken the death penalty system in the U.S. is.
You’ll find all that, plus a quick rundown of death penalty developments around the country, and a few reading suggestions below.
Death penalty lawyer Robert M. Sanger believes that the moratorium Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in March created “a paradigm shift in the reality of California’s death penalty,” which means juries in capital cases can’t be expected to provide “fair and reasoned” verdicts that are “free from speculation.” Read More
Since Jackie Lacey’s election in 2012, 22 people have been sentenced to death, and every one of them was a person of color. Thirteen were Latinx; eight were Black, and one was Asian. Read More
Three days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Curtis Flowers’ conviction because of jury selection bias, District Attorney Doug Evans announced he’ll try Flowers a seventh time for a quadruple murder in Mississippi. Read More
The number of people executed in the U.S. since 1976 hit 1,500 with last month’s execution of Marion Wilson in Georgia, while Charles Ray Finch’s exoneration in North Carolina was the 166th since 1973. Which means that for every nine condemned men or women executed, one condemned person has been found innocent and released. Read More
Ronald J. Tabak’s chapter, “Capital Punishment,” in the American Bar Association’s The State of Criminal Justice 2019, which reviews significant developments through the past year up to and including the May 30 abolition of the death penalty in New Hampshire, and a NY Times report that current San Francisco DA George Gascón is seriously considering challenging current LA DA Jackie Lacey in 2020, are just two of several reading suggestions we have this month. Read More
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