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August 23, 2005

Death penalty news and commentary

This morning, more than a few of the always copious death penalty pieces in the newspapers have caught my eye:

  • In competing commentary pieces, one author argues that the BTK case presents "the best argument for keeping" the death penalty, while another author asserts the case shows the "arbitrariness of its application."

  • This editorial from North Carolina calls for lawmakers to "approve [a proposed] death penalty study and let the Study Commission on Capital Punishment get on with this important work."

  • This article from Ohio reports on a "review of some of Ohio's earliest death penalty cases [which] found little consistency comparing the seriousness of the crime with the outcome, including whether offenders were sentenced to death."

  • The Washington Post, after running this editorial Monday on Justice Stevens speech at the ABA critical of the death penalty (discussed here and here), this morning has this editorial on errors in capital cases.

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