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January 17, 2007

A killer anniversary

As spotlighted by this press release from Amnesty International, the first "modern" US execution took place exactly 30 years ago today.  AI marks the anniversary with this long essay, entitled "The experiment that failed:  A reflection on 30 years of executions."

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today fittingly has a day devoted to oral arguments in yet another round of review of Texas capital jury deliberations.  For effective previews, check out SCOTUSblog and Crime & Consequences.  And, as detailed here at How Appealing, California is busy trying to get its execution protocol worked out.

For my part, I'll try my hand at a macabre fractured song lyric:

It was thirty years ago today, that
Gary Gilmore told the state to slay
Death's been going in and out of style
But the killings will go on a while.


So you just need to get used to
The act you've known for all these years...

January 17, 2007 at 09:16 AM | Permalink


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Please stop your puerile, poorly written and subjective (i.e., unscholarly) ramblings on the death penalty and other matters more of interest to you personally than to others. I am looking for an educational discussion on cases and sentencing creativeness useable by actual practitioners. If you think war/hangings in Iraq have anything material to do with the criminal justice system in the US, you have lost your way.

Posted by: STEVEN M HARRIS | Jan 18, 2007 8:22:20 AM

Steven, thanks for your helpful feedback to remind me that I cannot please all of the people all of the time.

Posted by: Doug B. | Jan 18, 2007 4:40:01 PM

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In the body of your email, please indicate if you are a professor, student, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc. so I can gain a sense of who is reading my blog. Thank you, DAB