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February 22, 2006

Capital punishment headlines

Though I find Blakely and Booker issues far more interesting, the media continues (despite my protests) to focus on capital sentencing news.  Here are some headline highlights:

  • The Supreme Court's decision in Guzek (discussed here) is covered this article from Bloomberg, and this AP article discusses both Guzek and today's SCOTUS argument in Holmes v. South Carolina.

  • This AP article follows up on the Morales mess (basics here and here), explaining that California's "postponement of an execution because no medical professional would take part amounts to a moratorium on capital punishment in California, home to the largest death row, and could have implications for other states that use lethal injection."  The New York Times adds this coverage.

  • This article from Georgia notes that a democratic state senator, following up on a recent ABA study, is submitting legislation "calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in Georgia and the appointment of a commission to study purported problems with how the state sends defendants to death row."  But the republican state Senate Majority Leader says the bill "dead on arrival.  We think the death penalty is fine like it is."

UPDATE: The morning brings a lot more coverage of the Morales case fall-out from many California papers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.

February 22, 2006 at 08:38 PM | Permalink


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