Rosemary Bird: What do we get from putting others to death? Is there some morbid satisfaction? Revenge? A distorted sense of justice?
David Love: If the process by which the death penalty is applied amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, and the death penalty machine cannot provide equity, fairness or a modicum of due process, then the death penalty is no more legitimate than its extrajudicial cousin – lynching.
Jamala Rogers: Missouri has a history of screwed up executions. It once employed a dyslexic doctor with a history of malpractice suits to carry out its executions.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Simon: People on death row, not just folks in an abstract all night dorm room discussion about whether death or LWOP is worst, but folks actually condemned to die, prefer to continue with their death sentence.
Dick Price: At the American Civil Liberties Union’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter forum this past Tuesday, September 11th, advocates made their case for three particularly contentious initiatives on California’s November ballot:
Attend a discussion of the 11 initiatives on California’s November ballot: Tuesday, September 25th, at 2 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.