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The U.S. Death Penalty — An International Human Rights Wrong?

The U.S. Death Penalty — An International Human Rights Wrong?

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 9:51am

In 2011, the top five executioners were China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and the United States. This is not the company we want to keep.

VICTORY! North Carolina Judge Finds Intentional Racial Discrimination in Death Penalty System

VICTORY! North Carolina Judge Finds Intentional Racial Discrimination in Death Penalty System

By Cassandra Stubbs, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 11:10am

Marcus Robinson will not be executed by the State of North Carolina but will instead spend the rest of his life in prison.

Fighting for "Too Much Justice"

Fighting for "Too Much Justice"

By Vanita Gupta, Center for Justice at 4:22pm

In the last 40 years, this country's "tough on crime" policymaking has sacrificed the lives and rights of people of color at the altar of politics.

Wrongful Convictions, Wrongful Bias

Wrongful Convictions, Wrongful Bias

By Cassandra Stubbs, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 9:55am

The most important payment we can make on the debt we owe to wrongfully convicted defendants is to break the link between race and the death penalty.

A Shameful Race-Based System of "Justice"

A Shameful Race-Based System of "Justice"

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 1:29pm

Studies consistently show that the best predictor of who the State executes is the color of the victim's skin.

On the Agenda: Week of April 16 – 20, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 16 – 20, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:29am

Congress is back in session, so we've got a busy week ahead.

Today, the ACLU, along with several other groups, is launching a weeklong campaign called "Stop Cyber Spying Week" to draw attention to the massive civil liberties problems in H.R.…

The Dred Scott of Our Time

The Dred Scott of Our Time

By Cassandra Stubbs, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 11:09am

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision that a defendant cannot rely upon statistical evidence of racial bias to prove his death sentence unconstitutional.

Foreign Lethal Injection Drugs Must Meet FDA Standards

Foreign Lethal Injection Drugs Must Meet FDA Standards

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 12:28pm

The courts of the U.S. have long held that the states may punish people with death, putting us in the minority of the world's countries and in the company of Iran, Iraq, North Korea and the Sudan. The caveat, in the U.S., is that the executions…

Brady Reform: New Legislation Is a Win for Justice

Brady Reform: New Legislation Is a Win for Justice

By Jesselyn McCurdy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:47pm

In the 1963 Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a defendant’s fundamental right to any and all favorable information that might prove he or she was innocent of a crime. From that case came the “Brady…