Death Penalty

Death Penalty: A Broken System

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Muna Adem: To date, more than two-thirds of nations worldwide have abolished the death penalty either in law or practice, and today the U.S. is the only democratic Western nation that imposes death sentences on its citizens.

Death Penalty Reform’s Strange Bedfellows Bad News for Blacks in California

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Death Penalty Reform: Anytime three of California’s former governors agree, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

Delbert Tibbs, Death Row Survivor, May You Rest In Peace

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David Love: During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.

U.S. Death Row Survivors Are One For Ten

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David Love: Many would be surprised at the high odds of innocent people being executed, which speaks to a criminal justice system riddled with problems, including witness misidentification, prosecutorial misconduct, incompetent lawyering, raw racism and class bias.

Saving the Nation by Breaking It Up

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Rom Hall: Any good Teahadist can tell you that America faces the same risk of destruction that ended the Roman empire.

California Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions: I Would Know

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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.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s Son Robert

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We don’t often hear about the minor children of people who have been sentenced to die. The media typically covers the story up to and including the execution. Rarely are we given any insight into what happens in the lives of children in the aftermath of their parents execution.

2012 California Proposition Forum — Saturday, October 6th

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2012 California Proposition Forum – The ACLU So. California Westside Chapter invites you to a 2012 Initiatives Forum Saturday, October 6 in Santa Monica

What Would Be Gained by Executing Terry Williams?

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David Love: No one stepped in to help this traumatized boy deal with the anger, shame, confusion, paranoia and self-hatred he experienced from years of manipulation and abuse.

California’s Death Penalty: 366 Days Down, 68 More to Go

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Jeanne Woodford: Support for Prop 34 continues to grow because people understand that California’s death penalty is broken beyond repair. California has only executed 1% of those sentenced to death in 34 years.

Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA Are Sinking

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Walter Brasch: When we last left the baffled and befuddled Penn State trustees, they were trying to figure out what happened in the Great NCAA Sanctimonious Sanction.

Progressives Debate Death Penalty: How Can We Win By Losing?

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Dick Price: In question was wether a soul-killing sentence of lifelong imprisonment with no chance of ever being released is any more humane, any more decent, any more sensible than the uncertain prospect of eventual execution on Death Row.

California’s Death Penalty: What Prop 34 Actually Says about First-Degree Murder

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Chris Stampolis: Proposition 34 simply strips out the statutory references to a “death” option for convictions of first degree murder that carry a separate finding of special circumstances.

Forty Years After Furman: U.S. Death Penalty in Disarray

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David Love: Forty after Furman, problems still plague the death penalty, when in reality the problems never went away. And as long as there are executions, we’ll continue to have a problem.

Abolishing the Death Penalty: The Tip of America’s Human Rights Iceberg

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David Love: As people are still put down like dogs in the land of the free – despite the momentum for abolition – capital punishment represents America’s human rights blind spot.

Executed Man Innocent: It Could Have Been Me

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Franky Carrillo: I was wrongfully convicted when I was 16 years old and served 20 years in prison before proving my innocence. That mistake took two decades from me; but it took Carlos De Luna’s life.

ACLU Next: Death Penalty on the Ballot — May 21

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Guest Speakers: Jeanne Woodford (former San Quentin warden) and Obie Anthony (exonerated after being wrongfully convicted of murder) Monday, 21 May

California Death Penalty Proposition Makes November Ballot

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Dick Price: When you look at the $184 million we would save each year by stopping the death penalty, wouldn’t that money be better used to keep firefighters and teachers on the job?

Evolving Standards Of Decency: Who’s Next?

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Andy Love: We, as a nation, are clearing evolving when it comes to the death penalty. There continue to be fewer death sentences imposed and fewer executions carried out each year. There are also fewer states retaining capital punishment.

Ending California’s Death Penalty to Solve More Crimes

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Jeanne Woodford: By replacing the death penalty, California will free up much-needed funds for DNA testing and other vital tools needed to tackle the shocking 46% of murder and 56% of reported rape cases that remain unsolved in our state every year, on average.

Replacing the Death Penalty

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Andy Love: Being on the front lines, capital defense practitioners have experienced first hand the unfairness, arbitrariness and unreliability of California’s capital punishment scheme.

Obama and Leftists Survey — Question 3

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How best can the progressive community move the Democratic Party leftward?

Dr. King’s Stance Against the Death Penalty

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David A. Love: Executions in the U.S. are part of a racially-coded system of retribution. Poor people and members of racial minorities are more likely to receive a death sentence, as are those who are charged with murdering a white victim.

Death Penalty: R.I.P. Gary Welch

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Andy Love: Three weeks ago, Welch attempted to kill himself by slashing his neck. He was quickly taken to the hospital by prison guards and was closely monitored thereafter.

From The Editors: Four New Ways to Engage Our Readers

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Dick Price: Sharon and I are reminded of the various methods we have taken to engage our readers. Here, I thought I’d tell you about three new features we unveiled — and one we’ve revitalized — in the waning weeks of 2011:

Ending California’s Death Penalty in 2012

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At the ACLU Public Forum in Pasadena on January 10th, James Clark of the SAFE California Campaign and Brent Tonik of CCV will discuss the history of California’s death penalty and lay out the case for its abolition.

Growing Consensus That California’s Death Penalty Must Be Replaced

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Andy Love: California’s death penalty is incredibly costly, and the money would be far better spent keeping kids in school, keeping teachers and counselors in their schools and giving the juvenile justice system the resources it needs.

Cut The Death Penalty From California’s Budget Woes

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Andy Love: As California cuts critically important funds, the state continues to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into one government program that is expensive, arbitrary and ineffectual: the death penalty.

The US Human Rights Network Conference

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US Human Rights Network Conference – International Human Rights Day is December 10th. The USHR Network is conducting a conference at the Radisson LAX this week

Poster Child For California’s Broken Death Penalty

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Andy Love: Three trials. Three state appeals. Three state habeas corpus petitions. One round of federal habeas proceedings. Thirty-two years under sentence of death only to die of a heart attack. This is madness.

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