Posts Tagged: capital punishment
The United States is one of only four industrialized democracies that still practice capital punishment. This upcoming election, Prop 34 will determine the fate of the death penalty in California.
Alexandra Gross’ personal essay, “My Childhood Pen-Pal Was an Innocent Man on Death Row,” raises ethical and thought provoking questions surrounding capital punishment....more
Here are two stories for you to consider.
One man, 20 years ago, was convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer. The conviction was based on the testimony of nine eyewitnesses, one of whom was also considered a suspect in the killing....more
Troy Davis, if you haven’t heard, is scheduled to be executed today in the state of Georgia. There are significant questions as to his guilt. Of the nine eyewitnesses, seven have recanted their testimony, one is the person suspected of having committed the murder, and one didn’t actually identify Davis as the killer, and so has nothing to recant....more
I want to be real clear about something at the beginning of this post. I’m opposed to the death penalty in any and all cases. Name history’s greatest criminals and I’m fine with allowing them to live the rest of their natural lives out in cells....more