Atwater, Race and the Needle (NC) PDF Print E-mail
We are not so far removed from the urge to kill.
The Durham Herald Sun

Demario Atwater may feel this more keenly than most. Atwater, 23, is one of two men accused of robbing and shooting UNC Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in March 2008.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the needle. This week, Atwater’s attorneys filed reams of motions in Winston-Salem, asking a judge to take the death penalty off the table on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional.
American Law Institute President Emeritus: The Death Penalty Is Unworkable PDF Print E-mail
(Column, LA Times, 2/4/10) -- The American Law Institute, instrumental in structuring the model statutes on which most death sentences are based, has withdrawn its support of such laws.
Court Upholds State's Death Penalty (Delaware) PDF Print E-mail
After three-year delay, judges allows executions to resume

By Sean O'Sullivan
The News Journal

WILMINGTON -- Delaware's death penalty was upheld as constitutional on Monday, paving the way for executions -- on hold since May 2006 -- to resume.
Death Penalty's Vanishing Point? PDF Print E-mail
By Frank R. Baumgartner
The News & Observer (NC)

CHAPEL HILL In this time of fiscal stress, a new study by Duke economist Philip Cook suggests that the state could save $11 million per year if it stopped pursuing capital punishment. Is that a cost savings worth seeking, or would it be too radical a shift from current practices?
Death Penalty Bill Advances PDF Print E-mail
By Barbara Hollingsworth

A Senate committee pushed out a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kansas even as lawmakers held out little hope that the bill would survive the twists and turns of the legislative process.

On a 7-4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday morning sent the bill on to the rest of the Senate.
Supreme Court Upholds Execution of US Man with Child's IQ PDF Print E-mail

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a death sentence against a convicted murderer, ruling his attorney had not erred in failing to tell a jury the man had the IQ of a seven-year-old child.

In a 7-2 vote, the court said that the attorney's decision not to present the jury with a psychiatric report on the man was strategic and not "unreasonable."
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