Category Archives: US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court’s Exceptional Barbarity

While we were celebrating the resumption of DNA testing for Willie Manning, the US Supreme Court was shunting the American death penalty into new, shocking levels of brutality. The opinion is described by various legal analysts as “bloodthirsty and cruel”, … Continue reading

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Three Setbacks and a Death

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who died last week at a luxury ranch in Texas, would have welcomed three recent setbacks for death penalty opponents in the administration of the death penalty in Mississippi. Last year, Justice Scalia joined the … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court: Faulty Analysis of Willie’s Cases

Death penalty supporters disappointed by last month’s US Supreme Court ruling are finding hope for the future in the dissents to the ruling, supported by four of the nine justices. Justice Breyer’s dissent is particularly comprehensive: “I would ask for full … Continue reading

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Willie’s Suffering – a Central Election Issue

Rick Halperin was far from circumspect about capital punishment when he spoke on a United Nations panel last week (see video at 19.00). He condemned the death penalty as ‘state sponsored revenge’, ‘physical and psychological terror and torture’, and a symptom … Continue reading

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Ripples from Oklahoma

The news from Oklahoma is encouraging: the US Supreme Court has allowed the appeals of three death row inmates regarding the legality of the drug, midazolam, as a sedative in state executions. The decision could impact all death penalty states. … Continue reading

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Prosecutors’ Belief in their own Infallibility

It is hard to know what is most shocking about the case of mentally disabled Henry Lee McCollum*, exonerated and released earlier this month after spending 30 years on death row in North Carolina. It is shocking that his mental disability … Continue reading

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Death Row Inmates: Diminished Culpability

Willie Jerome Manning is yet again waiting for developments in both his cases. As he waits, he is in close proximity to his fellow inmates, and may well be aware of many who are extremely vulnerable. A study published in June, … Continue reading

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