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Robert Holsey executed despite lawyer’s consumption of vodka, concern about pending prosecution and disbarment, and failure to present mitigating evidence

Death sentence of intellectually disabled man upheld even though was represented at his capital trial by a lawyer who drank a quart of vodka every night of trial while preparing to be sued, criminally prosecuted, and disbarred for stealing client funds. He failed to present evidence that his intellectually disabled client was “subjected to abuse so severe, so frequent, and so notorious that his neighbors called his childhood home ‘the Torture Chamber.’” Continue reading

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Justice Sotomayor dissents from failure to review Alabama law allowing judges to override jury verdicts of life imprisonment and impose death

Alabama law allowing elected judges to reject jury sentences of life imprisonment and impose the death penalty should be reviewed by the Supreme Court, Justice Sonya Sotomayor said in a dissent from the Court’s refusal to consider such a case.  … Continue reading

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Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, with $300 million and offshore accounts and investments, still want your money

Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center have amassed through fund raising solicitations $302 million, as well as two buildings – “poverty palaces” – in Montgomery, Alabama, offshore accounts in the Cayman and Bermuda Islands, and investments in several foreign corporations and investment companies. Continue reading

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Connecticut repeals death penalty, another indication of the inevitable end to capital punishment in the US

The Connecticut legislature has voted to repeal the state’s death penalty law.  The Senate voted 20 to 16 to repeal on April 5, and the House passed the repeal measure by a vote of 86 to 62 on April 12.  … Continue reading

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Death sentences and executions continue to decline

Seventy-eight new death sentences were imposed in 2011, a decline of about 75% since 1996, when 315 inmates were sentenced to death. Continue reading

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