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Death Penalty Updates

Capital Defense Weekly notes that a quick execution date has been set for Troy Davis in Georgia, who is likely innocent; the mother of a condemned inmate whose execution took an hour longer than is typical, has filed a lawsuit against an Ohio Prison based upon the botched execution; and a judge found 8 anti-death penalty activists guilty for unfurling a STOP EXECUTIONS banner on the steps of the US Supreme Court. CDW also notes that in the last 7 years, 50 Pennsylvania inmates awaiting execution were spared by the courts and links to a story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about that issue. CDW also provides analysis of the Panetti decision.

Headlines from the Death Penalty Information Center include the following:

New Resource: Tennessee Study Reveals Need for Indigent Defense Reform

New Voices: Former Florida Prison Warden Calls for End to Death Penalty.

New Voices: Scientific American on the Death Penalty: "Bad Execution"

Supreme Court Blocks Execution of Mentally Ill Inmate

ACLU Releases Report on Racial Disparities in the Federal Death Penalty

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Louisiana Case With All -White Jury and Reference to O.J. Simpson

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