Tonight, I am angry.Legitimately, thoroughly, heart-breakingly angry....more

Martinis to Die For

I recently read a book called "The Confession" by John Grisham that has as one of its central issues the death penalty....more

Fears of A Black American: Response to the Execution of Troy Davis

Not even a day after the execution of Troy Davis and my fears are realized once again. I am going to take a very personal approach to this topic, so please beware.As a Black American woman, I have to live with many fears & truths about living in this country. America is a great country but it has its' flaws and history (including yesterday) shows that. Couple that with living in the South, and my fears are multiplied....more

Second Death Sentence Handed Down in Tucson for the 2009 Murder of Father and Daughter

Jason Eugene Bush, 36, was sentenced to death in Pima County Superior Court this afternoon for the murders of Raul "Junior" Flores, 29, and his daughter Brisenia Flores, 9, on May 30, 2009, during a home invasion in a small town in rural Pima County, Arizona.Bush was convicted last month. Today's sentencing will be sent to the Arizona Supreme Court for appeal. Shawna Forde was the first person convicted and sentenced to death for the murders.  ...more

Shawna Forde Sentenced To Death by Lethal Injection for the Murder of 9 Year Old Brisenia Flores

Brisenia Flores will be no less dead, no less robbed of the chance to know anything of the fullness of life beyond the eyes of a child, no matter how the mandatory appeal of the death sentence turns out. Raul "Junior" Flores will never see his own 30th birthday, or attend his daughter's 10th birthday party.  They will never happen. ...more

Thanksgiving Traditions: The Pilgrims’ Laws

Home for the Holidays Ahhhh, Thanksgiving....more

Teresa Lewis Executed - For Being A Woman?

Was Teresa Lewis executed because she was a woman? Well, of course not! Teresa – the first woman to be put to death in Virginia in almost 100 years -- was executed because of her involvement in the murder of her husband and stepson. But why did she get the death penalty when her two accomplices – the triggermen – got life in prison? There’s the factual answer – one of the gunmen pleaded guilty and cut a deal. There’s the legal process answer – her attorneys made some bad decisions. There’s the roll-of-the-dice answer: she got a tough judge and some key evidence was not allowed in. There’s the misogyny answer: because she looked like a mean, heartless bitch (in her photos, that is). And there’s the gender answer (the one that is most telling): because she did what a powerful man, whom she wanted to please, told her to do. ...more

A great post!
Marj, thanks for pulling all the pieces together.
Clearly she deserved ...more

Ronnie Lee Gardner: If We Are Not Our Brother's Keeper, at Least Let Us Not Be His Executioner

Many years ago, many many years ago, long before some of you were probably born, he was born. I'm told that his own childhood was not that of lollipops and sunshine, but one of violence and abuse and drugs and incarceration. Mental institutions and juvenile detention employed as places to keep him safe from his own relatives. ...more

Throughout our exchange I have not implied or stated that your stance was outlandish. That ...more

Pro-death Penalty Legal Group Abandons Capital Punishment Work

For nearly 50 years, legal theorists, policy makers and law school educators have referred to the American Legal Institute in articulating and clarifying the case for capital punishment. As the New York Times reported yesterday, the ALI has abandoned its work on the issue. The development may accelerate the trend of states and juries backing away from imposing capital punishment, and it may also affect the way lawyers are educated. ...more

Thank you, Kim, for another thoughtful and timely piece. You may remember I wrote in when ...more

When You Happen to Find a Picture of Witch Burnings in the Children's Reading Area: Explaining Capital Punishment to Kids

This week while driving to work I’ve been listening to Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. He lived and wrote in the 19th century. I can't believe I'm mentioning him, but one thing he wrote stopped me almost literally: “Capital punishment is better than nothing.” What a thought-provoking statement: Usually we think of “better than nothing” as being one step up, rather than all-or-nothing. But despite it being a good sentence, is it a true statement? ...more

I just listened to the book on CD again, and he said corporal punishment, not capital ...more