Andrew Cohen: The Death Penalty in America

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death-penalty-reuters-thumb.jpg The Death Penalty: Why We Fight For Equal Justice (Sept. 19)

The Buck and Davis cases are a reminder of how far we've come, and how far we have to go, toward fair and accurate capital punishment in America



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The Looming Death of the Death Penalty (Dec.15) 

In recent years, capital punishment has been on a sharp decline, both in the courts and in the court of public opinion



davis-thumb.jpgThe Death of Troy Davis (Sept. 21)

The Georgia execution reminds us of the flaws in our capital punishment system.



Cohen_IllinoisDeath_3-9.jpg Illinois Finally Ends Its Dance With The Death Penalty (March 9)

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that makes the Land of Lincoln the fourth state in four years to end capital punishment



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Perry Fundraising in Iowa As Execution in Texas Moves Forward (Sept 15)

Without an (unlikely) intervention from the Texas governor or the Supreme Court, Duane Edward Buck will die this evening

                       


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Texas Toast: Rick Perry Death Penalty Calendar (Sept 6)

The governor has the authority to stay three pending executions so that the courts can be sure of the prisoners' guilt. But will he?



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Supreme Court Stays Execution of Duane Buck (Sept 15)

With hours to go before lethal injection, justices agreed to hear Buck's appeal to the death sentence he was given after a racially tainted trial



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Coming Thursday: Another Texas Execution Under Perry (Sept 13)

The governor and state justice system are denying due process to a death-row inmate whose sentencing hearing was tainted by racist testimony



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Why Lawyers and Judges Should Watch Executions (July 26)

Transparency on death row can help hold states accountable for botched lethal injections



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Humberto Leal Garcia: Supreme Court Makes Bad Situation Worse (June 8)

The Court blew off warnings from the White House and Justice Department that executing the Mexican citizen would "place the United States in irreparable breach" of international law

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Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is a legal analyst for 60 Minutes and CBS Radio News, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

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