"A study commissioned by the American Law Institute
said that decades of experience have proved that the system cannot reconcile
the twin goals of individualized
decisions about who should
be executed and systemic fairness.
It added that capital punishment is
plagued by racial disparities; is enormously expensive even as many defense
lawyers are underpaid and some are incompetent; risks executing innocent
people; and is undermined by the politics that come with judicial elections." -
Adam Liptak 01/04/09
February 8, 1924 Gee Jon becomes the first
person to be executed in a gas chamber. State of Nevada, United States of
List of countries that executed people in 2007:
(265), Saudi Arabia (156), USA
(42), Pakistan (29),
Iraq (29), Afghanistan (15),
China (13), Japan (9), North
Korea (8), Yemen (7),
Bangladesh (6), Syria (5),
Somalia (3), Singapore
(2), Sudan (2),
Belarus (1), Botswana (1),
Ethiopia (1), Indonesia (1),
List of countries that have no death penalty:
ARMENIA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA,
BELGIUM, BHUTAN, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA,
CANADA, CAPE VERDE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, COTE D'IVOIRE, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH
REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DJIBOUTI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, ESTONIA, FINLAND,
FRANCE, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GREECE, GUINEA-BISSAU, HAITI,
HONDURAS, HUNGARY, ICELAND,
IRELAND, ITALY, KIRIBATI, LIBERIA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG,
MACEDONIA, MALTA, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MICRONESIA, MOLDOVA,
MONACO, MONTENEGRO, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS,
NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIUE,
NORWAY, PALAU, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PHILIPPINES,
ROMANIA, SAMOA, SAN MARINO,
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL, SERBIA SEYCHELLES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA,
SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA,
SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TIMOR-LESTE, TURKEY, TURKMENISTAN, TUVALU, UKRAINE,
UNITED KINGDOM, URUGUAY, VANUATU, VATICAN CITY STATE, VENEZUELA
of countries that have no death penalty except in times of war or under martial
ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL,
CHILE, COOK ISLANDS, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, ISRAEL, LATVIA, PERU
countries that have the death penalty but have not executed anyone during the
past 10 years:
ALGERIA, BENIN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, BURKINA FASO, CENTRAL
AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CONGO, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, GRENADA,
KENYA, KYRGYZSTAN, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI,
MALDIVES, MALI, MAURITANIA, MOROCCO, MYANMAR, NAURU, NIGER, PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SRI LANKA, SURINAME, SWAZILAND, TOGO, TONGA,
"I am troubled by the report's general
finding that far too many forensic disciplines lack the standards necessary to
ensure their scientific reliability in court." - Patrick J. Leahy
crime laboratories are grossly underfunded, lack a scientific foundation in
forensic techniques and are compromised by critical delays in analyzing
Among the problems:
there is little if any
scientific research to support the claim that no two people share identical
chemical analysis of the lead in bullets has been
determined to be flawed and unreliable;
crazed glass, the tiny, weblike
lines that spread across glass that lead arson investigators to determine a set
fire was found to be caused by water dousing the fired;
comparisons are subjective.
These methods of forensic analysis send innocent people to Death
"Crime laboratories should be
managed separately from police departments to ensure that their findings are
protected from bias.
The potential for conflicts of interest between the needs of
law enforcement and the
broader needs of forensic science are too great." - National Academy of
enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to
include millions more people
who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. Sixteen states
now take DNA from some who have been found guilty of misdemeanors." - Solomon
"According to population geneticists, it is indeed
possible to have the six loci match in perhaps many dozens of individuals whose
DNA is contained in a databank of 700,000." - Andre A. Moenssens October 2000
"State crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on Arizona's
DNA database when she stumbled across two felons with remarkably similar
The men matched at nine of the 13 locations on
chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people.
estimated the odds of unrelated people sharing those genetic markers to be as
remote as 1 in 113 billion.
The mug shots of the two felons suggested
that they were not related: One was black, the other white.
years after her 2001 discovery, Kathryn Troyer found dozens of similar matches
- each seeming to defy
The FBI laboratory tried to stop distribution of
Kathryn Troyer's results and began an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to
block similar searches elsewhere, even those ordered by courts." - Jason Felch,
Maura Dolan 07/19/08
FBI resists scrutiny of 'matches'
Crime labs finding questionable DNA matches
How reliable is DNA in identifying suspects?
Accuracy of DNA ?"Matches" to Definitively Identify Suspects
A NINE STR LOCUS MATCH BETWEEN TWO APPARENTLY UNRELATED
INDIVIDUALS USING AmpFlSTR® PROFILER PLUS AND
"The illusion of gentleness of
injections has made executions far less of a taboo experience for the
public. "I stand before you to
explain my frustrations and deep concerns about both the administration and the
penalty of death.
wrote in 1957 in "Reflections
on the Guillotine," those who actually witness an execution know it for
the horror it is." - David DeKok
Today America is not in league with most of our major
Europe, Canada, Mexico, most of South and Central America.
These countries rejected the death penalty.
We are partners in
death with several third world countries.
Even Russia has called a
The death penalty has been abolished in 12 states.
In none of these states has the homicide rate increased.
are 5 times more likely to
get a death sentence for first degree murder in the rural area of Illinois than
you are in Cook County.
Half of the nearly 300 capital cases in Illinois
had been reversed for a new trial or resentencing.
33 of the death row
inmates were represented at trial by an attorney who had later been disbarred
or at some point suspended from practicing law.
46 inmates were
convicted on the basis of testimony from jailhouse informants." - Governor
George H. Ryan of Illinois
With this statement Governor George H. Ryan
of Illinois commuted all death sentences in the state of Illinois to life in
According to Alberto Gonzales
George H. Ryan accepted gifts and
steered government business to
friends and associates.
On September 6,
2006, Ryan is sentenced to six and a
half years in prison and is released on July 3, 2013.
In July 2016, the
Valparaiso University Law Review published an article titled "How
Frank Easterbrook Kept George Ryan in Prison" in which serious accusations
of judicial misconduct were leveled against Easterbrook.
"As long as
the political state is
permitted by its citizens to kill
helpless, restrained prisoners as a solution to a problem the door to
State sponsored genocide remains open.
Capital punishment is, and always will be, political power in search of
a crime, whether it's murder, treason, being
a member of a hated ethnic
group or anything else that inflames public opinion.
States, just like their citizens, should only have the legitimate power
to kill in immediate self-defense, and never
in the service of punishment." - Lindsie Carlsen
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