Death Penalty

Wake County and the Death Penalty

North Carolina has 156 people who are on death row, four of whom are women. The rest are male. Even though African-Americans represent just 21.5% of the population, they account for more than half of the people currently on death row. Whether this is the result of racial prejudice that results in blacks being tried…

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Cruel and usual: a life sentence for a 17-year-old

The United States Supreme Court issued an important opinion last week involving the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Eighth Amendment – in addition to prohibiting excessive bail – prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Most people are familiar with that prohibition because of the continuing controversy over whether the death penalty is “cruel…

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The Death Penalty in America

Like many defense attorneys, I am opposed to the death penalty. But unlike, many defense attorneys, I am not opposed to the death penalty because I think it’s immoral. I’m opposed to the death penalty because I think – as with most government programs – it is open to corruption and errors that […]

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