Posts Tagged: capital punishment

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: We Aren’t Killers; They Are

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One story mirrors our identity—any of us could be falsely accused! The other tale is about the Other—because it’s unfathomable that one of us would commit murder. We aren’t killers; they are.

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Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons: Vickie Stringer

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Vickie Stringer talks about her first novel Let That Be the Reason, her Triple Crown Publishing venture, life in prison, and making hip-hop literature.

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Prop 34: The fate of the Death Penalty

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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. Gross decries: “My […]

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Troy Davis Roundup

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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. There was no forensic or DNA evidence linking the accused to the murder, […]

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Troy Davis Roundup

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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 […]

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Sorry to be a downer, but…

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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. That’s a minority position in the US, though I […]

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