Why Protecting the Innocent From a Death Sentence Isn’t Enough

by I. Beverly Lake Jr., Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina Huffington Post, 05/18/2016 I’ve always been known as a tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement individual, and I still am. During my years as a North Carolina State Senator, I vigorously advocated for the death penalty. As a superior court judge, I presided over trials […]

Death penalty support is no longer a given in red states

By Amber Phillips, Washington Post, May 18 at 8:30 AM Almost exactly a year ago, we watched Nebraska become the first Republican-controlled state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty. At the time, we wondered this: Are conservatives starting to eschew the death penalty? A year later, we have more of an […]

Judge says Florida death-penalty law is unconstitutional

A Miami-Dade judge has ruled that Florida’s death penalty is unconstitutional because jurors are not required to agree unanimously on execution, a decision certain to spur more legal wrangling over Florida’s capital punishment system. Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch on Monday became the first state judge to rule on the constitutionality of Florida’s revamped death-penalty sentencing […]