Marking the anniversary of Furman v. Georgia: 44 years later, the death penalty remains “arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory”

Today, June 29, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time.  In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory.  Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as cruel […]

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Editorials Decry Texas Attorney General’s Decision to Uphold Secrecy in Lethal Injection Process

Three major Texas newspapers – the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin American-Statesman – have published editorials in the last week decrying Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s decision to allow the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to withhold information about the pharmacy or pharmacist now supplying the drug used in lethal injections. […]

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Austin American-Statesman Editorial: Texas juries choosing life without parole

“Whatever the reason for the decline in the number of executions in Texas, it is welcome news,” according to the Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board.  In an editorial published today, December 20, 2011, “Texas juries choosing life without parole,” the Board cites the decline in executions and death sentences as reported by TCADP last week.  The […]

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