Savage Loves Brutal, Barbaric Thug Duterte

Trump had a "very friendly" call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a brutal, vicious thug who has let vigilante gangs loose on drug dealers -- and others -- in that country. No surprise there, Trump loves autocratic dictators. So does his buddy Michael Savage: … [Read more...]

VA Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After 33 Years in Prison

A man in Virginia has become the 341st person to be exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 33 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. He was convicted largely on the testimony of two "experts" on bite marks, a forensic "science" that has no validity at all. … [Read more...]

Shoebat: Put ‘Sluts’ Who Get Abortions to Death

Theodore Shoebat is like the fascist Id of the Christian right, the one who will take any position to its most extreme every single time. Republican politicians are running from the idea that women who have abortions should be punished, anti-choice activists think they should be punished, but Teddy wants them put to death: … [Read more...]

Death Sentenced Overturned Due to DA’s Biblical References

A California man who was sentenced to death for the murder of a 65-year old woman has had that sentence overturned and remanded for new sentencing because the prosecutor in the case used quotes from the Bible to urge the jury to apply the death penalty in the case. He also slammed the defense attorneys for the man, who never objected to the prosecutor's clear misconduct. From the massive 226 page ruling: … [Read more...]

Trump Brags About Helping Wrongly Convict Central Park Killers

Back in 1989, a woman was raped and nearly killed in Central Park. Five teenage boys, four black and one Latino, were convicted of the crime and sent to prison. Before that happened, Donald Trump took out a full page ad in the New York Daily News demanding that the death penalty be brought back, pumping up the level of hatred already being spewed. All of them were later exonerated when the real rapist came forward and said he acted alone and DNA evidence proved that he was the rapist. So Ann … [Read more...]

Study: 4% of Executed Convicts Are Innocent

There has long been a debate over just how high a percentage of convicted criminals, especially those on death row, are wrongfully convicted. It's very difficult to properly measure, of course. But a new study that applies a new methodology concludes that at least 4% of those put to death are innocent. … [Read more...]

Florida Republicans Want to Speed Up Executions

The Florida legislature has passed a package of criminal justice reforms that include provisions to speed up the execution of those on death row. Gov. Rick Scott is almost certain to sign the bill. And one Republican callously declared that it's "not about guilt or innocence." … [Read more...]

Maryland to Eliminate the Death Penalty

Maryland is poised to become the 18th state to outlaw the death penalty after the state legislature voted by a strong margin to do so. The governor says he will sign the bill, which would commute the sentences of those on death row to life in prison without parole. … [Read more...]

The Death Penalty and Democracy

The Economist's Lexington blog has a post about democracy and the death penalty, pointing out that major strides have been made to eliminate the death penalty in many states despite strong public support of this ultimate punishment. Those achievements, then, go against public opinion: … [Read more...]

Goldberg Waxes Stupid on the Death Penalty

Jonah Goldberg has another one of his predictably trite and overly simplistic columns -- that is, after all, the only thing he has to offer -- about the Aurora shooter and the death penalty. He begins by beating up a rather silly straw man: … [Read more...]

How a Prosecutor Should Act

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins should be the DA in every county, or at least someone like him. Not only did he establish the first Conviction Integrity Unit in the country to look at wrongful convictions by his office, he's now asking that an execution be delayed so they can get the results of DNA testing back: … [Read more...]

Judge Exonerated Executed Man

You may remember the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, for what a great many people believe was a crime he did not commit. The Huffington Post notes that a Texas state judge wrote a declaration exonerating him in 2010, but it was never released because the appeals courts overruled him. … [Read more...]