Colorado House Majority Leader Paul Weissman is introducing a bill to abolish the death penalty in Colorado. I don’t know if the bill stands much chance of becoming law, but I’m excited that the issue is actually being discussed. Sadly, even the bill’s sponsor, “…isn’t interested in arguing the morality of the death penalty. Instead, […]
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As reported in Slate Magazine, a Medical Examiner in Mississippi with questionable methods has put possibly dozens of innocent men in prison, some of them sentenced to death. Kennedy Brewer, facing execution, was recently freed after another man’s DNA was found to match samples found at the crime-scene.
It’s bad enough that Brewer and others had […]
This is old news, but I was on vacation when it occurred. I’m happy to report that the United Nations General Assembly voted for a moratorium on the death penalty. Sadly, the United States, along with countries like China, Iran, Sudan, and Syria opposed the resolution.
Posted in Death Penalty on Nov 29th, 2007
In response to an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette similar to this one in the New York Times, I wrote the following letter to the editor of the Gazette,
The front-page article, “Death Penalty Debate Revived” (November 18) missed the point. According to the article, recent scientific studies have shown that executions have a […]
Posted in Death Penalty on Nov 6th, 2007
The American Bar Association recently released the results of a three-year study on the death penalty and recommends a nationwide moratorium. The study found numerous problems, including “significant racial disparities in imposing the death penalty,” incidents of serious mistakes or fraud with evidence, and lack of requirements to preserve the evidence throughout the legal process.