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February 8, 2005

Continuing capital commotion

Another relatively quiet Booker day provides some time to catch up on a few notable capital punishment stories. 

In examining these and other recent capital stories lately, I continue to be intrigued by the huge amount of time, money and energy that gets devoted to death penalty issues which really only impact a handful of criminal cases.  As I noted here concerning the remarkable Michael Ross case from Connecticut, every instance of capital case commotion provides a new object lesson in the symbolic significance of the death penalty.

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That's a nice Catch-22. If Mr. Atkins is scoring high enough on IQ tests to make him death penalty eligible again, how smart can he really be?

Posted by: Ian B | Feb 8, 2005 6:05:55 PM

I'm surprised you do not excoriate Judge Gilmore for her rulings that have no basis in law whatsoever (as the Fifth Circuit recently did on one of her more egregious rulings).

Posted by: anon | Feb 8, 2005 9:56:55 PM

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