July 1, 2009
Lots of notable (and notably different) state death penalty headlines
There have been a number of interesting (and quite different) death penalty stories coming from the states this week. Here are some of the highlights as provided by these headlines and links:
From California, "Public hearing turns into passionate debate on death penalty"
From Georgia, "Troy Davis benefits as court recesses"
From Missouri, "Court appoints investigator in Clemons case"
From Nebraska, "Inmate seeks execution for 1973 killing"
From New Mexico, "New Mexico's Death Penalty Ban Goes Into Effect"
From North Carolina, "House committee narrowly approves Racial Justice Act; cost estimates released"
From Ohio, "Sentence of death affirmed by high court"
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I was unaware that a stay had been issued in the Davis case, and if not what good does the recess actually do him?
From the article it didn't sound like the state is committed to waiting for SCOTUS to take or reject the case. And certainly his is far from the most compelling innocence case the court has looked at and rejected. The hypothetical standard there is so high that I'm unaware of any case the justices have said actually meet the burden.
Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jul 1, 2009 11:14:45 PM
The California hearing was on new regulation on the method of execution. The biased regulators permitted a circus like but irrelevant entertainment on the death penalty itself, and even extended the hearing by two hours.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 2, 2009 8:57:37 AM
I recommend the floridatoday link.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 2, 2009 9:01:28 AM
SH, the district attorney isn't moving until all court proceedings are over. That's why.
One little tidbit in the Troy Davis case. Davis was present when Officer MacPhail was murdered. He didn't finger Coles until 2007--long after his conviction.
Posted by: federalist | Jul 2, 2009 11:32:20 AM
Posted by: federalist | Jul 2, 2009 11:33:01 AM