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January 3, 2006

The next high profile California capital case

Less than a month after the high-profile Tookie Williams' case became a focal point for death penalty debate (details here and here), another planned California execution is generating media attention.  As detailed in this article, California is scheduled to execute Clarence Ray Allen on January 17, and, at age 76, Allen will be the oldest inmate ever executed in California and the second-oldest in U.S. history."

The article on Allen notes the general "graying of death rows," as well as Allen's arguments to courts and in his clemency request that he is too old and sick to be executed.  In this post from last week, you can download the clemency papers in the Allen case, which make for interesting reading.

January 3, 2006 at 01:50 AM | Permalink

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