Faiths and the Faithful Have Varied Views of Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
Life & death issue
Those on both sides point to scripture to support their stances.

By Kristen Moulton
The Salt Lake Tribune

In the hours before murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner is set to be shot to death by firing squad next week at the Draper prison, prominent religious leaders will gather for a prayer vigil and join others for a protest rally.

They will decry what they see as the state's unnecessary taking of life.

And yet those voices do not reflect the full range of opinion among people of faith.
Blacks Still Being Blocked From Juries in the South, Study Finds PDF Print E-mail
By Shaila Dewan

In late April in a courthouse in Madison County, Ala., a prosecutor was asked to explain why he had struck 11 of 14 black potential jurors in a capital murder case.

The district attorney, Robert Broussard, said one had seemed “arrogant” and “pretty vocal.” In another woman, he said he “detected hostility.”
Time: In Death-Penalty Cases, Innocence Has to Matter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May. 25, 2010, By Adam Cohen

Hank Skinner, who is on death row in Texas, had a simple request. Before the state took his life, he wanted to test DNA evidence from the crime scene that could prove he was wrongly convicted. Texas prosecutors, whose love for the death penalty is legendary, refused.

Skinner then sued, claiming that federal civil rights laws gave him a constitutional right to do the testing. A federal appeals court ruled against him.
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