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  1. Cortney Busch BW 2011

    The racist reality of the US justice system

    Cortney Busch on 02 June 2010

    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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  2. Cortney Busch BW 2011

    Win 2 tickets to Reprieve's comedy night

    Cortney Busch on 01 June 2010

    Win two tickets to Reprieve's comedy nighton 7 June by answering the following Tim Minchin trivia:

    What is Tim Minchin's biggest bother?

    Send entries to cortney.busch@reprieve.org.uk by 10.00am on Friday, 4 June. Please note that Reprieve's decision is final.

    If you don't know Tim Minchin's biggest pet peeve, but would still like to attend Laughter/Pain, tickets are still on sale. For more information, click here.

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    EU: Iran urged to drop death sentence of two 'Moharebs'

    Chloe Strowger on 01 June 2010

    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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    Listen to Robin Ince talk about why he's performing in Reprieve's Comedy Night 2010

    Katherine O'Shea on 28 May 2010

    Thanks to comedian Robin Ince for this great plug for Reprieve's Comedy Night 2010 on BBC Radio 7.

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  5. Clive Stafford Smith by I.Robins BW

    Listen to Clive Stafford Smith talk to the BBC about suspected 'black site' at Bagram Airbase

    Clive Stafford Smith on 25 May 2010

    New allegations have emerged of abuse at a secret US-run prison site hidden within the large Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Afghanistan.

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  6. Marc Callcutt BW

    Judgment expected 7th June for Mark Arnold, Briton facing execution in Dubai

    Marc Callcutt on 25 May 2010

    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.

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  7. Clive Stafford Smith

    William Hague's torture inquiry: a prospectus

    Clive Stafford Smith on 24 May 2010

    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 ...

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  8. Clive Stafford Smith

    William Hague's torture inquiry: a prospectus

    Clive Stafford Smith on 21 May 2010

    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 ...

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    Defining Detention

    Crofton Black on 20 May 2010

    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 ...

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    New York Times analyses Guerinot's record in capital cases

    Cortney Busch on 18 May 2010

    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.

    Please help Linda Carty. Sign the petition and write to Governor Perry asking to spare her life.

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