Study: 4% of Executed Convicts Are Innocent

There has long been a debate over just how high a percentage of convicted criminals, especially those on death row, are wrongfully convicted. It’s very difficult to properly measure, of course. But a new study that applies a new methodology concludes that at least 4% of those put to death are innocent.
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How a Prosecutor Should Act

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins should be the DA in every county, or at least someone like him. Not only did he establish the first Conviction Integrity Unit in the country to look at wrongful convictions by his office, he’s now asking that an execution be delayed so they can get the results of DNA testing back:
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The Conservative Argument Against the Death Penalty

California is going to have a referendum on the ballot this fall to abolish the death penalty in that state and Conor Friedersdorf makes the conservative argument against the death penalty, based on both economics and the inherent contradiction within conservative rhetoric about the government:
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Oregon Governor Stops Executions

I found this on Stephen Bright’s blog, Second Class Justice. It’s about 3 months old, but I totally missed it at the time and I think it’s very cool. The governor of Oregon has ended executions in his state through the rest of his term in office, becoming the second governor to do so (the other was George Ryan of Illinois).
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ACLU Ranks Presidential Candidates

The ACLU has put out a voter guide for all the 2012 presidential candidates, ranking them all on 7 issues: humane immigration policy, closing Gitmo and indefinite detention, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, ending torture, ending the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, and reproductive rights. Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, writes:
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Paul Campaign Welcomes Endorsement of Theocrat Pastor

The Ron Paul campaign announced the endorsement of Rev. Phillip Kayser of Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska this week. Warren Throckmorton documents that Kayzer is a theocrat who wants to impose Biblical death penalties on gay people and adulterers. The article on the Paul campaign site appears to have been deleted now, but here’s the cache copy.
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Scalia’s Faith-Based Judging

Daniel Fincke has an interesting post at Camels With Hammers about Justice Scalia and his use of faith-based arguments in favor of the death penalty — all the more interesting given his recent statements about the death penalty and the Catholic Church. This is from an opinion written in 2002 by Scalia in a death penalty case:
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