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The legal system in the US is not only racist in selecting those to put to death, but also in the recruitment of jurors where death is on the table. In a new study by the Equal Justice Initiative, jury selection in the south – studied in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – is racist when prosecutors seek the death penalty.
The New York Times reports:
“Studies have shown that racially diverse juries deliberate longer, consider a wider variety of perspectives and make fewer factual errors than all-white juries, and that predominantly black juries are less likely ...
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Iran has been strongly urged to reconsider the death sentences passed against two people charged with being “enemies of God”. The call came from European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton who underlined that the EU is “profoundly concerned by the repeated sentencing to death in Iran of people belonging to minorities, as well as of those who were involved in the post-election protests."
Both Zeynab Jalalian and Hossein Khezri are awaiting execution and hope that the recent statements from the EU diplomatic community will hold sway over Iran’s dramatic decision.
In the week preceding five Iranian citizens were ...
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New allegations have emerged of abuse at a secret US-run prison site hidden within the large Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Afghanistan.
Mark Arnold was due to be told his fate last week but judgment has been postponed until June 7th.
Originally from Stoke, Mark is currently on trial in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was arrested on 25 August 2008, following the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Kerry Winteron 20 August. Police are yet to find a body, but Mark has been charged with premeditated murder.
When it comes to British complicity in torture and rendition, for some years the Labour government has put up stolid, rearguard action against the truth. Those who thought of Labour as the party of human rights will, perhaps, be sad that it has taken a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to announce an inquiry.
Not a moment too soon. As Richard Nixon taught us during Watergate, no matter what the crime, the cover-up often does more harm. Significantly, if we suppress evidence of crimes, we also make it far more likely that the same offence will be committed in ...
When it comes to British complicity in torture and rendition, for some years the Labour Government has put up stolid, rearguard action against the truth. Those who thought of Labour as the party of human rights will, perhaps, be sad that it has taken a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to announce an inquiry.
Not a moment too soon. As Richard Nixon taught us during Watergate, no matter what the crime, the cover up often does more harm. Significantly, if we suppress evidence of crimes, we also make it far more likely that the same offence will be committed ...
Imagine you're a high ranking US officer, an ex-Navy SEAL, who now has the less glamorous role of sorting out your country’s detention strategy in Afghanistan. Over the last eight and a half years your troops have picked up thousands of people, most of whom have either been released or handed over to the Afghan authorities, but you’ve still got a bunch of long-term prisoners whom you’re not quite sure what to do with. Your boss has made you aware, in no uncertain terms, that so far the handling of detentions has been a disaster: it ...
In an article for New York Times today, Adam Liptak looks at Jerry Guerinot's record in capital cases.
Guerinot, responsible for Linda Carty’s life, has represented twenty individuals sentenced to death. He has since left the business of capital cases, but the damage is done.