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Vernell Crittendon: Spokesman for Death Speaks for Himself

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 9:13am
The New Yorker, a magazine well-known for publishing fiction, recently ran a story about a subject that is all too real. State-sponsored killing. The article is about Vernell Crittendon, the recently retired spokesperson for San Quentin State Prison…

Supreme Court Narrowly Upholds 8th Amendment Protection for Mentally-Ill Defendants Facing Execution

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:52pm
In a troublingly close 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that a mentally ill person is entitled to Eighth Amendment protection if he does not have a rational understanding of the reason for his execution. In Panetti v.…
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