Justice, After Troy Davis – NYTimes.com.
Justice After Troy Davis
Published: September 24, 2011
IT’S easy to see why the case of Troy Davis, the Georgia man executed last week for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer, became a cause célèbre for death penalty opponents. Davis was identified as the shooter by witnesses who later claimed to have been coerced by investigators. He was prosecuted and convicted based on the same dubious eyewitness testimony, rather than forensic evidence. And his appeals process managed to be ponderously slow without delivering anything like certainty: it took the courts 20 years to say a final no to the second trial that Davis may well have deserved.
This [the fear of executing the innocent] is a healthy fear for a society to have. But there’s a danger here for advocates of criminal justice reform. After all, in a world without the death penalty, Davis probably wouldn’t have been retried or exonerated. His appeals would still have been denied, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison, and far fewer people would have known or cared about his fate.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money – NYTimes.com.
By LINCOLN CAPLAN
Published: July 2, 2011
In an important prosecutorial-misconduct case this term, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority threw out a $14 million jury award for a New Orleans man who was imprisoned for 18 years, including 14 on death row, for a robbery and a murder he did not commit. One month before John Thompson’s scheduled execution, a private investigator discovered that prosecutors had hidden evidence that exonerated him.
Read the full editorial here: New York Times
Im Zuge der Presseberichte zum Massaker In Tucson/Arizona bin ich auf einen interessanten Artikel gestoßen. Nachdem Judy Clarke, die designierte Verteidigerin des Attentäters und eine überzeugte Gegnerin der Todesstrafe, in South Carolina eine Mörderin erfolgreich vor der Todesstrafe bewahrt hat, wurde in South Carolina ein Gesetz erlassen, dass Anwälte von außerhalb des Bundesstaates nicht mehr als Verteidiger in Mordverfahren zuließ!
“Mr. Bruck brought her in to work with him in defending Ms. Smith in the drowning case in the mid-1990s. Ms. Clarke’s approach often turns death-penalty defendants into confidants who must trust her with their lives. But it does not necessarily win friends outside of the courthouse.
After Ms. Clarke arrived from the West Coast to take on the Smith case, the South Carolina Legislature passed a law banning the future appointment of public defenders from out of state in capital cases.”
zitiert aus: New York Times, 10. Januar 2011
“It got to the point where there was no thrill for me unless there was a chance for the death penalty.” – State (?) attorney Jim Williams [Louisiana] in an interview – in the mid-90s, admittedly, so there’s a chance he might have changed his views.
for the whole article, check out the Los Angeles Times