September 27, 2007
Strong AJC series about the realities of Georgia's death penalty
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has just completed a very strong series of articles on the operation of the death penalty in Georgia. Here are the four lead articles from the series:
- Death still arbitrary
- A death case derailed
- Prosecutors divided on armed-robbery murders
- Court botched reviews
These main pieces and the many companion features are must-reads for any serious student of the administration of capital punishment. A key theme of the series is the arbitrariness of the Georgia death penalty in operation, as evidenced by these data:
- Of Georgia's 132 most heinous murderers over a recent 10-year span, only 29 of them landed on death row.
- Fifty of the worst killers avoided death by pleading guilty. Some got life sentences and will be eligible for parole.
- A killer's chances of facing the death penalty increased when the victim was white.
September 27, 2007 at 08:18 AM | Permalink
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