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Will Mexican Immigrant's Case End Texas' Exectutions of the Mentally Disabled?new

A lack of oxygen had damaged his brain during birth, so an hour into his life, and 20 years before he would be sentenced to die in Texas, Daniel Plata was already being tested for mental retardation.
The Texas Observer  |  RenĂ©e Feltz  |  01-21-2010  |  Crime & Justice

California's Ex-Attorney General Calls for an End to Capital Punishmentnew

With more than 700 Death Row prisoners awaiting execution for decades and no money in sight for improving the integrity and efficiency of the failing capital punishment system, John Van de Kamp is publicly calling for an end to the death penalty. But unlike most of capital punishment's ardent opponents, he has actually sent men to Death Row.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Joe Piasecki  |  07-13-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Considering Dominique Green, Capital Punishment, and Justicenew

Dominique Green's execution and short life--he was arrested, convicted, and sent to Death Row at age 18--is the subject of popular history writer Thomas Cahill's remarkable new book.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Michael Corbin  |  04-21-2009  |  Nonfiction

Charred Bodies Leave Lingering Questions About an Executionnew

In short: Nearly every piece of physical evidence against Steve Henley was tainted. But if police botched their end of the case, Henley's tale was evaporating as well.
Nashville Scene  |  Brantley Hargrove  |  03-05-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Case of Condemned Gang Leader Becomes Death Penalty Lessonnew

Former Crips leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who was convicted of murdering four people, may be executed in December, but not before he's gained the sympathy of Oakland, Calif., schoolchildren.
East Bay Express  |  Justin Berton  |  11-29-2005  |  Education

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