Next Wednesday, the state of Pennsylvania is scheduled to a man convicted of first degree murder. At its heart, the case is about the function of clemency in the American prison system and a debate that goes back to the Colonial era.
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Of all the compelling evidence of innocence in this case, the most important and least known is the existence of a fourth person at the crime scene.
When I started researching the case, read the court transcript and interviewed people who prosecuted the case, I came to the conclusion that Múmia Abu-Jamal was indeed guilty and did receive a fair trial.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens issued a sharp critique of the way the death-penalty is administered in the United States. Do you agree with him?
The conditions at California prisons are alleged to have led to 34 inmate deaths. Does this violate the eighth amendment?