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Death Penalty

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Why I Think the Death Penalty Will Die

“From this day forward I shall no longer tinker with the machinery of death.”  Justice Harry Blackmun (dissenting to denial of cert.) Callins v. Collins, 510 U.S. 1141 (1994). I just tried what I am sure will be my last death penalty case.  It is a decision I made a year and a half ago […]

A Little Death Penalty Math, Part 2.

How much education could one death penalty case buy? By the most recent numbers I have seen, it costs a county $500,000 to try the average death penalty case and, all things considered, approximately $2 to $3 million from investigation to execution.[1]  Even before our Governor and Legislature fleeced the school system this last session, Texas […]

The Randall Dale Adams I Knew (by guest author Kerry Max Cook)

It was the summer of 1978 when I met a young Randall Dale Adams on cellblock J-21 — the original death row “wing” where those exiled under a sentence of death were assigned “Ad. Seg,” or Administrative Segregation, as prison officials classify it. Death row was a lot of things, but most of all, it […]

Darrow’s Elusive Dream

There is no doubt whatever that the world is growing more humane and more sensitive and more understanding.  The time will come when all people will view with horror the light way in which society and its courts of law now take human life; and when that time comes, the way will be clear to […]

The Big Lie

“[I]n the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than […]