US Supreme Court issues stay in execution of Texas inmate
- NO Duane Buck won’t be executed tonight source
» What happened: In 1995, Buck was convicted of double-murder in Houston, Texas, and sentenced to death. Buck’s guilt is not being disputed; however, during the sentencing phase, a psychologist testified that black criminals are more likely than other races to pose a threat to the public if released. Buck’s lawyers contest that this testimony—which was denounced in 2000 by then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn—played a role in Buck’s sentence, and asked Governor Rick Perry and the district attorney to grant Buck a retrial. Perry and the DA refused the request, but the US Supreme Court intervened today, issuing a stay in his execution just four hours before his execution was set to take place. The court has yet to rule on a request for a resentencing.
Bombing Suspect's Lawyer A Quiet Defender Of The NotoriousJennifer Ludden - NPR
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Arizona mass shooter Jared Loughner all have one thing in common: defense attorney Judy Clarke. With her help, all three avoided the death penalty.
Clarke routinely faces an enraged public, top-notch prosecutors and difficult, often disturbed clients. Now, Clarke is soon to face those things again with another high-profile client, alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Great listen if you have 5 minutes. This clip goes into a bit more depth on one of Dzhokhar’s defense attorneys; Judy Clarke. Her unique approach to gaining her clients trust, the ability to get them to open up about themselves and their crimes, as well as being able to humanize them to people who see only a monster.
Why would you ever be proud of having the most executions?
Even if you were pro-capital punishment, what pride is there in having the most?