Thursday, November 02, 2006

 

Another New Low

Today's New York Times carries a story about a Kentucky death penalty case that once again reaffirms what we all already know: the capital punishment system is broken beyond repair! For a taste:

“Apparently,” a federal judge wrote in 2001, “neither attorney Radolovich nor the prosecution knew of petitioner’s actual identity until his case had been affirmed on appeal.”

It's pretty shocking! But what's even crazier is that the 5th circuit ruled that this representation did not merit an overturning of the inmate's death sentence or a new trial!

In Tennessee, we aren't doing much better. Half of all death sentences in Tennessee are overturned on appeal, and more then two-thirds of those then receive a sentence less than death on rehearing. Our system simply does not produce reliable outcomes. The fact that we let such a system go forward should be shocking to anyone concerned with justice.

Read the whole article here.
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