Options For Reforming (Or Ending) CA's Death Penalty
Here's further fuel for the conservative argument that no government functions so flawlessly that it deserves to be entrusted with the decision to administer the death penalty.
Since 1978, the federal courts have ordered new trials in 38 of 54 death penalty appeals in California, an unacceptable 70 percent error rate.
By "appeals" the writer is referring to federal habeas corpus review, the right that President Bush and his most ardent followers deem inconsequential.
The linked editorial cheers "the chief finding of the Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice:" [more ....]
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