Monday, November 17, 2008
The commission also found:
- Racial and geographic disparities exist in how the death penalty is applied.
- Death penalty cases are more costly than non-death penalty cases and take a greater toll on survivors of murder victims.
- There is no persuasive evidence that risk of execution is a deterrent to crime, and the unavailability of DNA evidence in some cases opens the "the real possibility" of wrongfully convicting an innocent person.
The same realities exists in Tennessee's death penalty system. The Tennessee Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty has uncovered very similar evidence, including greater costs, geographic and racial disparities, and lack of DNA preservation. The question remains, "What will the Tennessee Committee recommend to the legislature in 2009?" And, "What will the new legislature do with this information?"
State after state continues to uncover the utter brokenness of the death penalty system, and I hope that Maryland will become the second state to abolish the death penalty in recent years, following New Jersey's lead, demonstrating that abolition isn't an aberration but is becoming a trend.
TCASK will keep you updated on the status of the death penalty in Maryland as the legislature considers the Commission's findings.
Friday, November 14, 2008
"Carter told police he was at the scene of the Megamarket the day someone fired a bullet that struck the girl in the neck. He said he was in a different car but later changed his story, telling police he was riding in the back seat with Berry, Davis and two others. He said he didn't know anyone was going to get shot."
"The district attorney's office did not question Carter's credibility as a witness, Thurman said."
Read more about this story by clicking HERE.
It is now apparent that the district attorney's office also did not question whether Carter was actually present at the murder. "When a post-conviction attorney checked Juvenile Court records and found a document suggesting one of the witnesses was incarcerated the day the murder happened, the state was informed and began to investigate." It is troubling that for such a high profile case the D.A.'s office would make such a significant mistake.
Eyewitness identification plays a major role in convictions--often times in death penalty cases without any physical evidence. It is critical that these eyewitness testimonies are accurate and from credible witnesses--not those who were incarcerated at the time and lying to protect others.
Our thoughts are with the Dickerson family. They thought they knew who was responsible for the death of their daughter. Now they do not know for sure and there is the possibility that Adriane's killer is still out there.
See video here. Click on link and then scroll down and over to the caption "Murder Trial Witness Said Police Told Him to Lie." Click the caption to see the interview.
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Rogers believes that the DNA evidence will exonerate him. "During his trial in 2000, DNA from semen stains found on the girl's shorts were inconclusive. More advanced testing available today could clear his name."
Read NewsChannel 5's coverage by clicking HERE. Read the AP coverage by clicking HERE.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Katie led a role-play which encouraged the participants to use the facts learned during the seminar and apply them to mock conversations that may occur between people who stand on both ends of the death penalty spectrum.
Amnesty’s Death Penalty campaign works to educate the public about the human rights issues concerning the death penalty. If you would like to look further into the work of this group, visit their website: http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty