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Death Penalty Updates

Capital Defense Weekly notes that there were four executions last week - 2 in Texas, 1 in Indiana and 1 in South Carolina. Also noted is a post by Cassy Stubbs on Huffington Post: The Death Penalty Deterrence Myth: No Solid Evidence That Killing Stops the Killing. CDW also notes a big victory in Montana based upon the prosecution's late filing of its notice of intent to seek death and a case from South Carolina in which the Court held that the defendant had not made a knowing and intelligent waiver of his right to appellate review.

Headlines from the Death Penalty Information Center include the following:
Pew Poll Shows Modest Decline in Death Penalty Support
Strong Criticism of Tennessee's Death Penalty System from Federal Appellate Judge
Texas Scores Poorly in Mental Health Services While Executing Many with Mental Illness
Books: "The Big Eddy Club" Explores Race and the Death Penalty
Rwanda Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty
New Mexico Trial Judge Finds State Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Supreme Court Decisions Allows Broader Exclusion of Juors, But May Further Isolate the Death Penalty
Executions Declining in China
Texas Court Grants Stay on Basis of Possible Innocence

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