The Death of Innocents

The Death of Innocents

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Sr Helen Prejean has accompanied five men to execution since she began her work in 1982. She believes the last two, Dobie Williams in Louisiana and Joseph O'Dell in Virginia, were innocent, but their juries were blocked from seeing all the evidence and their defence teams were incompetent. 'The readers of this book will be the first qjuryq with access to all the evidence the trail juries never saw', she says. The Death of Innocents shows how race, prosecutorial ambition, poverty and publicity determine who dies and who lives. Prejean raises profound constitutional questions about the legality of the death penalty.The United States is the leading executioner of juveniles in the world and far out of sync with the human rights practices of most other countries. ... In Ford v. Wainwright (1986), aquot;aquot; the Supreme Court did rule that the Eighth Amendmenta#39;s proscription against aquot;crueltyaquot; prohibits ... the state to forcibly medicate Charles Singleton with psychotropic drugs against his will to restore a suitable level of sanity.103 Theanbsp;...

Title:The Death of Innocents
Author:Helen Prejean
Publisher:Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd - 2006


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