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The Death Penalty's Fatal Flaws

Friday, 29 March 2013 10:24 By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

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Right now, there are more than 3,100 inmates on death row, and more than 60% are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions — or, it seems, completely prevent them.

According to journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien, authors of Murder at the Supreme Court and Bill’s guests this weekend, at least 18 inmates were released from death row in recent years because DNA evidence proved their innocence. These cases are among more than 140 death penalty exonerations over the last three decades.

Watch an extended preview of the show in which Clancy and O’Brien make the case that — for the poor in America — justice is still unaffordable.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers is the managing editor of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com.


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The Death Penalty's Fatal Flaws

Friday, 29 March 2013 10:24 By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

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Truthout needs your support to produce grassroots journalism and disseminate conscientious visions for a brighter future. Contribute now by clicking here.

Right now, there are more than 3,100 inmates on death row, and more than 60% are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions — or, it seems, completely prevent them.

According to journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien, authors of Murder at the Supreme Court and Bill’s guests this weekend, at least 18 inmates were released from death row in recent years because DNA evidence proved their innocence. These cases are among more than 140 death penalty exonerations over the last three decades.

Watch an extended preview of the show in which Clancy and O’Brien make the case that — for the poor in America — justice is still unaffordable.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers is the managing editor of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com.


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