But rather than addressing these worthwhile issues, death-penalty
opponents decided to align themselves with an unrepentant murderer who made the oxymoronic claim that he is both blameless and redeemed.
critics say defendants, many of whom are poor, frequently get a poor legal defense, often by court-appointed lawyers.
Should courts ensure that all death-penalty
defendants receive counsel as competent as that offered by Clarence Darrow?
But in many ways, it's a classic death-penalty
case--ambitious prosecutor and an overworked and underfunded original defense attorney without any real capital-case experience.
As some 200 Williams supporters and death-penalty
opponents rallied outside the Capitol, defense attorneys urged the governor to spare Williams, saying he has renounced his criminal past and dedicated his life to keeping youths out of gangs.
Do you agree with your state's death-penalty
That streak will end this year if Republican State Senator Alan Lasee has his way Lasee has been introducing death-penalty
bills in the state legislature annually for the last eighteen years.
Donnelly can run through the usual reasons why the death penalty should be abolished: that it is too costly, the death-penalty
appeals process per case can cost millions, far more than it would take to remand a convicted murderer for life imprisonment; that the possibility always exists that an innocent person may be executed; that it is not a deterrent to crime (states that have executed the most people have seen their murder rates increase since the reinstatement of the death penalty); finally, that the reason for the original supspension of the death penalty--that this highest form of state punishment is administered in an arbitrary and unfair manner--has not and cannot be resolved.
These words accurately describe the contemptible farce that California's death-penalty
system has become.
Streib, a professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, analyzes the juvenile death-penalty
cases that were pending when he wrote six years ago - most of them are pending still - and documents the 300 or so executions of juveniles that have taken place in the United States.