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Two former Alabama governors pen regrets in overseeing executions!

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This is an important story with lessons for America!

+ The Hill via MSN [March 18, 2024]: In 2024, executions ‘in the heart of Dixie’ still rely on Jim Crow 

Opinion by Don Siegelman, opinion contributor

Alabama’s death penalty laws are indefensible, not only because they are unconstitutional but because they are based on an 1870 Jim Crow law allowing non-unanimous death verdicts. Moreover, judicial overrides affect Black defendants almost twice as frequently as white ones. 

Don Siegelman served as Alabama’s first progressive and last Democratic governor, from 1999 to 2003. He is an author and a lawyer focused on the criminal justice system. 

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+ The Washington Post [May 23, 2023]: Opinion We oversaw executions as governor. We regret it.

Sentencing an innocent person to die is a brutal injustice. Sentencing someone to live can be, too.

Former Alabama governors Robert Bentley and Don Siegelman each oversaw executions during their tenures, and they write now that they’ve come to regret them. A system that condemns an innocent person at least 1 out of 9 times, they explain, cannot be counted on to dispense justice.

Their op-ed analyzes how the abuses of emboldened prosecutors, the caprices of non-unanimous juries and the excesses of elected judges all work together to make a mess of capital punishment.

Do what we should have done but didn’t, they urge sitting governors: End executions.

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Blogger Klein was a long time supporter of Gov. Siegelman.

Posted by Steve on March 30, 2024 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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