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March 2, 2006

Assembling capital clemency claims

The AP has this interesting story about the on-going efforts by SUNY professors James Acker and Charles Lanier to archive capital clemency pleas.  Here is a snippet:

[T]wo researchers at the State University of New York's Albany campus have created a national death penalty archive and begun compiling such pleas in the hope they will yield valuable lessons about the workings — and failings — of the criminal justice system....

Last month, the first boxes carrying 137 clemency pleas arrived at the National Death Penalty Archives from a private donor.  The archive will be open to advocates, lawyers, journalists and others....

Bill Bowers of the Capital Jury Project, a national research effort into how juries make decisions, called the bulging files "a gold mine of things that wouldn't show up in legal papers."

Additional information about the National Death Penalty Archives can be accessed at this link.

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this is an interesting story, I cannot tell hwoever, if only the clemency pleas are being collected as opposed to also collecting the responses to those pleas along with the governor's decisions

Posted by: ward | Mar 2, 2006 5:09:59 AM

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