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 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - Capital punishment
Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime.
Although the death penalty was briefly banned in China between 747 and 759, the first country in the world to officially and permanently abolish the death penalty was the then-independent Granducato di Toscana (Tuscany).
As a result of this, Europe is a continent free of the death penalty in practice (all states having ratified the Sixth Protocol), with the sole exception of Belarus, which is not a member of the Council of Europe.
www.singaporemoms.com /parenting/Death_penalty   (4338 words)

 Death penalty convictions studied
The most far-reaching report of the death penalty in the United States has found that two of three convictions were overturned on appeal, mostly because of serious errors by incompetent defense lawyers or overzealous police and prosecutors who withheld evidence.
The report — an examination of appeals in all capital cases from 1973, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, to 1995 — also found that 75 percent of the people whose death sentences were set aside were later given lesser sentences after retrials, in plea bargains or by order of a judge.
Concerns about the death penalty were heightened by the decision in March by Illinois Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, to declare a moratorium on executions in his state after 13 men on death row there were exonerated by new evidence.
www.denver-rmn.com /news/0612pena1.shtml   (1099 words)

 DPIC "Innocence" List
Brown was convicted and sentenced to death based primarily on the testimony of potential accomplice Ronald Floyd, a witness who subsequently went through a series of recantations and retractions of his recantations.
Campbell was nonetheless convicted of the barber’s murder and sentenced to death.
Green's conviction and death sentence were reversed because the prosecution improperly cross-examined a defense witness and because the trial court erroneously denied a suppression motion.
www.prodeathpenalty.com /DPIC.htm   (15969 words)

 NYCLU: The Death Penalty Skips Across County Lines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
When John Taylor was sentenced to death in December for his role in the Wendy's massacre in Queens, he joined five other men on New York's Death Row: Stephen LaValle of Shirley, Robert Shulman of Hicksville, Nicholson McCoy of East Patchogue, James Cahill of Syracuse and Angel Luis Mateo of Rochester.
For other district attorneys, who may have reservations about the death penalty or may be concerned about the cost of capital prosecutions (which are paid by the county not the state), no defendant in their county has faced or will face a capital prosecution.
In other words, whether death is pursued in any particular case in New York turns not on the seriousness of the crime or the culpability of the defendant but rather on the county in which the crime occurred.
www.nyclu.org /dp_oped_022503.html   (902 words)

 Court ruling encourages death row opponents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
But recently, the court reversed itself in a 5-4 decision that nullifies death sentences given to offenders who committed capital crimes while under the age of 18.
Death penalty opponents say that race of the victim is also a factor.
In this Georgia murder case, the LDF argued that prosecutors sought the death penalty in 70 percent of the cases involving Black defendants and White victims.
www.finalcall.com /artman/publish/article_1867.shtml   (821 words)

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Illinois, with 13 cases, is in second place, and there the 13 cases were sufficient for the governor to call a moratorium on executions until their whole death sentencing system, from top to bottom, could be more closely examined.
Consider how the death penalty was argued in 1976, when the Supreme Court reversed course and gave its stamp of approval to several new death penalty statutes, with the way that it is argued today.
Similarly, the friends of the executioner in 1976 were constantly arguing that the death penalty would save taxpayers money, or that God was pro-death penalty, or that the possibility of racial bias or the execution of the innocent was, if anything, minuscule.
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 USATODAY.com - Death penalty gains unusual defenders   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Campbell says some on the list had their convictions reversed because of prosecutors' errors or misconduct but seem certain to have committed the crimes of which they were convicted.
In some cases, death sentences were overturned because the convict was an accomplice, not the killer.
Eight of those on the list were not actually on death row when they were exonerated; two others never received a death sentence, Campbell said.
www.usatoday.com /news/nation/2003-01-06-cover_x.htm   (1962 words)

 Capital Defense Weekly
In "When death is on the line" the process of appointment and representation in capital cases is examined.
Death row lawyers in Missouri get a praised: The AP is running a great "puff piece" praising counsel in capital federal habeas corpus cases and noting the obstacles in the road to relief.
Across the river from New Jersey, Pennsylvania has the fourth largest death row in the country, three exonerations and a series of marginal prosecutions for death, such as this murder of an alleged drug dealer with no apparent aggravating circumstance other than it will likely be tried in the run-up to a local election.
www.capitaldefenseweekly.com   (5600 words)

 wikien.info: Main_Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which forbids capital punishment for juveniles, has been signed by all countries except the USA and Somalia, so it is likely that legally, the execution of persons for crimes committed as children (as defined by the Convention) will be restricted to the USA.
It was also shown that states that have implimented the death penalty rescently have not had a reduction of violent crime.
A Muslim may be sentenced to death under Shariah, Islamic law, for the murder of a Muslim, adultery if there are four witnesses, apostasy (deserting Islam), a third conviction for drinking alcohol and a fifth conviction for theft.
pardus.info /index.php?title=Death_penalty   (3874 words)

 Death Penalty Links
"Innocence and the Death Penalty." by Dudley Sharp.
The Pope Versus the Death Penalty by Fr.
List of Executions in 2004 by name and state; Number of executions since 1976 by state and race; List of jurisdictions with or without death penalty; Current death row population by state and race.
www.clarkprosecutor.org /html/links/dplinks.htm   (10610 words)

 The Death Penalty
The Court continued to face questions concerning the appliction of the death penalty: to non-murderers, to minors, to mentally disabled prisoners, to racial minorities.
The same test was applied in 2005 in Roper v Simmons to find that the death penalty could not be applied to persons under the age of 18 at the time of their crime.
Even if the death penalty is constiutional, does it follow that all existing forms of the death penalty are constitutional.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/deathpenalty.htm   (709 words)

 Death Penalty Issues
Death sentences are continuing their descent in the United States, according to a Washington, D.C.-based group that shows numbers falling by more than 50 percent over the last five years.
Only 3 years ago his murder conviction was reversed after the state's witnesses admitted being paid by the prosecution to commit perjury identifying Banks as a killer, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated his death sentence.
The death penalty in Virginia has been marked by unfair trials, poor representation of defendants, limited appeals court review and the possible execution of innocent men since it resumed in 1977, according to a study by the ACLU of Virginia.
www.truthinjustice.org /dpissues.htm   (6344 words)

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