Death penalty

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

How far have we really come in stamping out racism in our court system?  We have certainly made progress since...

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

In Winkler v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a capital murder defendant’s case so that his attorneys...

Maryland abolishes the death penalty

Maryland abolishes the death penalty

Maryland has become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty (17 + the District of Columbia).  Maryland’s legislature has...

Connecticut repeals the death penalty

Connecticut repeals the death penalty

Connecticut has become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty: Connecticut has become the 17th state to repeal the...

Will Connecticut abolish the death penalty?

Will Connecticut abolish the death penalty?

Connecticut’s Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty – it still has to pass the House and the Governor...

S.C. Supreme Court hears prosecutorial misconduct case

S.C. Supreme Court hears prosecutorial misconduct case

The S.C. Supreme heard oral arguments Wednesday in the appeal of Jerry Buck Inman, who pled guilty to murder and...

Troy Davis executed

Troy Davis executed

Troy Davis was killed at 11:08 PM last night. He was murdered by justices of the United States Supreme Court,...

Speaking out about injustice

Speaking out about injustice

When I see injustice, and especially when I see it happening in a courtroom, I feel alternately enraged, disappointed, saddened,...

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter is very relevant to criminal justice – the Easter story is the story of a revolutionary who was persecuted,...