Capital Punishment

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A Capital Defender's Toolbox Capital case law developments, death penalty news, & tools for moving towards alternatives to executions This is a site where there are several different links to circuit court cases on a weekly basis. " In a bad week for the US death penalty internationally The International Court of Justice argues for a stay in a Virginia case forcing the Supreme Court to ask advice from the Department of Justice, the UN releases a report critical of the US death penalty and UN Human Rights committee blasts the death penalty calling for its abolition."
   
Capital Punishment "The applied ethics issue of capital punishment involves determining whether the execution of criminals is ever justified, and, if so under what circumstances it is permissible. Philosophical defenses of capital punishment typically draw from more general discussions of punishment. The issue of corrective justice in legal philosophy distinguishes between two principal theories of punishment: utilitarian and retributive."
Capital Punishment "Capital punishment is defined as the legal infliction of the death penalty. Today, in modern law, the death penalty is corporal punishment in its most severe form. It is irrevocable: it ends the existence of those punished, instead of temporarily imprisoning them. Although capital punishment is not intended to inflict physical pain, execution is the only corporal punishment still applied to adults. The usual alternative to the death penalty is life-long imprisonment. "
Capital Punishment: Life or Death This site contains views by students concerning the issue of the death penalty. Also, there are many links to visit. The "pro" links are: deterrence, hard to kill a wrongly convicted criminal, incapacitation, Lex Talionis (a life for a life), more humane than life imprisonment, more economical than life sentence, maximum public safety, and should it be enforced in a more timely fashion. The "con" links are: chance for convicted to "pay-back" society, cruel and unusual punishment (violation of the 8th amendment), doesn't deter crime, less expensive than execution, moral argument, violates human dignity/rights, and possibility of innocent death.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: THE DEATH PENALTY This site includes links to: What the Bible says About Death Penalty •Capital Punishment in North America •Reasons for Capital Punishment •Reasons against Capital Punishment •Support for Capital Punishment in North America •Recent Developments •Other Internet Resources.
   
Death Penalty Homepage "In keeping with a central tenet of the Amnesty International mandate and a key goal of the AIUSA mission, the Program to Abolish the Death Penalty seeks, in the long-term, to abolish the death penalty worldwide. The Program's goals and objectives are linked to the Section's Mission and objectives in their emphasis on raising public awareness about the ultimate human right violation."
Death Penalty Abolition Links "For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. 'Hanging Judges' is an article in The Nation by Bryan Stevenson regarding the climate of the Supreme Court on death penalty issues."
   
Equal Justice USA "Equal Justice USA, a project of the Quixote Center, is a grassroots campaign for human rights in the U.S. legal system. Through education and mobilization, the project seeks to expand public opposition to the death penalty, as well as bring into clear focus the racial, economic and political biases active in U.S. courts, prisons, jails and policing agencies."
Execution in Maryland: A Historical Perspective This site contains histories of execution in the state of Maryland.
   
Facts About the Death Penalty This site is very helpful because it is full of facts and statistics. The links on this page include: states with the death penalty, states without the death penalty, executions since 1976 by Year, executions by method used, number of executions by state, executions by region of the country, death row inmates by state, size of death row: 1965-1997, methods of execution by state, and botched executions: incidences of serious problems in the actual execution of inmates since 1976. It also includes a list of individuals executed since 1976 by groups of years such as 1976-1990, 1991-1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
   
HANDS OFF CAIN Citizens' and Parliamentarians' League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty Worldwide by 2000 "UN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS APPROVES THE ITALIAN RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS. THE RETENTIONIST COUNTRIES ARE MORE AND MORE ISOLATED SERGIO D'ELIA, SECRETARY OF HANDS OFF CAIN DECLARES: 'THIS RESULT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT FOR THOUSANDS DEATH ROW INMATES'"
History of the Electric Chair "The electric chair was designed in the late 1800's as an alternative to hanging. Although the stated reason for its development was that it was a more humane way of executing people, the actual reason is a bit more insidious."
   
Law of Capital Punishment This is as it was written in the VA Constitution. This is an in depth look at what the law contains and when it is allowed to be put in use.
LOUISIANA: A MURDER, A MOVIE AND A WINK This is actually a very interesting story, written by a Frontline reporter, that summarizes a crime that took place in which the defenders ended up on death row. The reporter had actually gone to the crime scene and even to the mother's house for comments. The original crime was committed by Elmo Patrick Sonnier and his friend Robert Lee Willie. The next crime took place in Washington Perish and was committed by Robert Lee Willie and his friend Joe Vaccaro. They took a young girl to a secluded, wooded, ravine area and repeatedly raped and stabbed her to death.
   
Public Correctional Policy on Capital Punishment "A single position for or against capital punishment would not be a fair or candid representation of the range of strongly held and thoughtfully considered positions that exist within the profession. Correctional professionals have a fundamental responsibility to support participation in the public dialogue concerning capital punishment, and to make available to the public and their."
   
Re: Death Penalty This is a site in which people discuss the death penalty and reply back and forth to one another about their thoughts and beliefs on the subject. There are several links where you can go to see what they actually said and what they believe, and what there response to the other person's beliefs were.
   
The Electric Chair "The story of the electric chair is complicated, improbable, and obscure.  Very few Americans know that a dentist spearheaded the drive to make electrocution of condemned criminals the law in New York, and that two titans of late 19th Century industry battled fiercely over the electrical system that was to be used."
Third Leuchter Report "In October of this year (1989), I was asked by Mr. Ernst Zundel of Toronto Canada to inspect and document, in text, still photography, and video tape, an existing execution gas chamber in the United States."
   
Women in the Electric Chair This site lists the names of the only 8 women ever to be executed in the Sing Sing electric chair. Their names are links to additional information and it also lists their age at the time, the date of execution, and the electrocution number.