Wrongful convictions spark ban in New Mexico on executions

So, Gov. Bill Richardson announced recently he would stop putting people to death in New Mexico. One of the primary reasons for his change of heart is he has lost faith in the criminal justice system. Over the years, roughly 400 people have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated by DNA testing in...

A Moral Victory In Jersey

If you don’t know my stance on the death penalty, then you aren’t a long time reader.  From time to time I have written extensively on the subject, and I make no bones about it, the state should not execute people, in the end it really is just that simple. While the death penalty debate is...

“You can only take these as signs of how the government wants to be seen.”

After Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced last week that the Canadian government would no longer seek clemency for Canadians on death row “who have been tried in a democratic country that supports the rule of law” (ie, the United States), Conservative PM Stephen Harper tried to assure...

Slacker Friday: Message Received, Loud And Clear

“We will not actively pursue bringing back to Canada murderers who have been tried in a democratic country that supports the rule of law… . “It would send a wrong message. We want to preserve public safety here in Canada.” – Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, announcing on...

Commutation

It seems these days I don’t often get to write about good news.  Believe me, while it may appear as though I take joy and pleasure in watching the current administration stumble as a result of its own failed policies, nothing could be further from the truth.  I would much rather have a competent...