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Death Penalty Resumed with Georgia Execution Tonight

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 7:47pm
Georgia will kill a man tonight. When it injects poison into the veins of William Earl Lynd, Georgia will end the longest period of time between executions since Furman v. Georgia.

Harvard Conference Confronts Death Penalty

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 1:23pm
The Harvard Human Rights Journal recently held its annual conference, and the theme was "The United States and Human Rights: Bringing Rights Home." The conference featured speakers from the world of academia as well as advocates and activists. John Holdridge,…

Snyder Decision Highlights Problem of Prosecutorial Misconduct

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:20am
In the case of Snyder v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a trial judge in a Louisiana court allowed a prosecutor to strike a black juror, leaving an all-white jury to consider the fate of a black defendant in a capital…

Volunteering for Execution at Ely State Prison

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:49pm
The ACLU National Prison Project has filed suit in Nevada because the abhorrent medical care at Ely State Prison. This prison houses all of Nevada's death row inmates. Ten of the last 12 people executed in Nevada waived their rights to appeal…

Supreme Court Hears Lethal Injection Case Today

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:09am
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Baze v. Rees, a Kentucky death row inmate's challenge to the state's lethal injection protocol. Kentucky uses a three drug cocktail that is used in virtually all capital punishment jurisdictions. The…

Ohio Judge to Review State's Execution Protocol

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 11:57am
The Ohio Supreme Court will allow a judge to hold a hearing on the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection law. Previously, the state sued to prevent Judge James Burge from holding a hearing about the state's lethal injection process. The…

ABA Report Proves Moratorium is Needed

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 2:17pm
A three-year study of the capital punishment system in eight states has strongly bolstered the view of the American Bar Association that the death penalty is profoundly flawed and a moratorium is necessary. The study confirmed the flaws that death…

Defending an Innocent Man on Death Row

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 4:11pm
On October 24, 2007, at a hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Brian Stull of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project will argue on behalf of Max Soffar, an innocent man on Texas's death row. The CPP, with the Texas Innocence Network…

"A Matter of Life or Death" in Georgia

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:54pm
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently completed an extensive four-part series called "A Matter of Life or Death," about the death penalty in Georgia. The series discussed arbitrariness in the use of the death penalty, the fact that race and geography…

Making Failed Death Penalty Laws History

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:23pm
Kenneth Foster Jr. was scheduled to be executed yesterday for a murder he did not commit or intend to commit. But in a remarkable turn of events, Texas Governor Rick Perry did something he rarely does: he commuted Foster's death sentence. In fact,…
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