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January 2, 2006

Perspective for another death penalty year

As detailed here and here and here, 2005 was another dynamic year for the death penalty.  The outlook for 2006 is for more of the same: e.g., California has another high-profile execution planned for the coming weeks (details here), and the Supreme Court docket remains full of capital cases. 

To gain further perspective on our legal culture of death, consider (in addition to this great Boston Globe feature) these recent newspaper pieces which take a capital look back and look forward:

  • Charles Lane has this effective piece in the Washington Post, which explores "Changing Attitudes About the Death Penalty."

  • This AP story explores recent developments in Ohio's use of the death penalty.

  • This article from California notes that, as more cases are finally reaching the end of the appellate pipeline, the state may soon "carry out death sentences at a pace unseen in more than a generation."

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times has this article about the capital case, House v. Bell, that the Supreme Court will be hearing next week.

January 2, 2006 at 12:54 AM | Permalink

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