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March 26, 2007

Justice Talking on the death penalty

The radio program Justice Talking, which is produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and distributed nationally by NPR, has this new program on the death penalty.  Here is the overview:

First used in Texas in 1982, lethal injection is the method of execution now authorized in 37 of the 38 states that have the death penalty. But the recent botched execution of Angel Nieves Diaz in Florida raises new questions of whether the method violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a new look at capital punishment and ask age-old questions about whether the death penalty is appropriate retribution for heinous crimes, whether it deters criminal activity and whether it can be administered in a fair and humane way.

March 26, 2007 at 10:24 PM | Permalink


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I produced a story about the death penalty in New Jersey for this episode of Justice Talking. New Jersey is considering repealing the death penalty. That would mean that the nine men currently on death row would have to be resentenced -- and could be eligible for parole one day.

If you'd like to hear extended interviews with Sharon Hazard-Johnson, whose parents were murdered by a man on death row, and Shirley Turner, the state senator whose bill would repeal the death penalty, I have some audio clips up at my web site: http://bradlinder.blogspot.com/2007/03/new-jersey-considers-repealing-death_26.html

Posted by: Brad | Mar 27, 2007 10:13:15 PM

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