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Old 2011-07-27, 04:44 PM   #1
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Death penalty exonerations--post anything about the topic here

It's tough for an innocent person to get the resources to obtain and exoneration unless they get the death sentence. This may be because, as Randy Steidl said in testimony before the Colorado legislature last year, "An innocent man … cannot be released from the grave."
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Old 2011-07-27, 04:50 PM   #2
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The innocent person should have thought of that BEFORE committing the crime.
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Old 2011-07-27, 04:57 PM   #3
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http://www.restorativejustice.org/RJ...n-innocent-man

John Thompson spent 14 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, because of prosecutor's misconduct. This case against government wrong doing went to the Supreme Court.

Here's a quote for Harper:

"The Court does not deny that this grave misconduct happened. But somehow the attorneys for Thompson had to prove that the hiding of the evidence showed "deliberate indifference " by the district attorney's office, by showing, for example that this was no mere single incident but instead was a pattern of misconduct. When Thompson was exonerated he was days away from execution. Any reasonable person would have to conclude that if evidence had been withheld, especially very hard evidence like a blood test, then the actions of the prosecutors were worse than "deliberate indifference"; they were criminal."
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Old 2011-07-27, 05:06 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your death penalty exoneration, Billy.
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Old 2011-07-27, 05:30 PM   #5
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The innocent person should have thought of that BEFORE committing the crime.
Agreed.
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Old 2011-07-28, 09:24 PM   #6
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anyone heard of the Innocence Project?
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anyone heard of the Innocence Project?
Yes.

Seems like we may have already executed an innocent man.
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Old 2011-08-02, 01:30 PM   #8
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A hell of a read, and yeah, it would seem we have.
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Old 2011-08-05, 01:42 AM   #9
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The article that Onion posted is amazing, very fun to read. They could make a novel out of Willingham's story.

The thing about the death penalty is that you can never be quite sure. There's almost always circumstantial evidence.
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The article that Onion posted is amazing, very fun to read. They could make a novel out of Willingham's story.

The thing about the death penalty is that you can never be quite sure. There's almost always circumstantial evidence.
and bad or outdated forensic evidence ....
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And Troy Davis?
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no man has in no circumstances the right to kill.

its a demonstration of weekness and helplessness.
otherwise you would find a solution instead of execution
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And Troy Davis?
Sad, sad, sad...
and revolting.
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Old 2011-09-23, 04:09 PM   #14
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Has your death penalty exoneration been overturned yet?
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no man has in no circumstances the right to kill.

its a demonstration of weekness and helplessness.
otherwise you would find a solution instead of execution
What about killing in personal self-defense? That seems like a basic right to me.

Of course, execution is not self-defense.
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