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August 15, 2005

Justice Stevens speech critical of death penalty now on-line

As discussed here and here, last weekend at the ABA's Annual Meeting, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens delivered a speech that was highly critical of the death penalty.  That speech now appears at this link from this page on the Supreme Court's website.  Only a portion of the speech, which was delivered at the Thurgood Marshall Awards Dinner and was in honor of Abner Mikva, addresses the death penalty.  But Justice Stevens packs many potent points into four paragraphs detailing "features of death penalty litigation that create special risks of unfairness."

August 15, 2005 at 01:26 AM | Permalink

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