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When racism lurks in the heart of a death penalty juror

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” This single, sinister question, asked over a sepulchral-sounding musical score, was rhetorical; for after a dramatic pause and a malevolent cackle, the narrator smugly informed the audience: “The Shadow knows.” […]

When racism lurks in the heart of a death penalty juror

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“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” This single, sinister question, asked over a sepulchral-sounding musical score, was rhetorical; for after a dramatic pause and a malevolent cackle, the narrator smugly informed the audience: “The Shadow knows.” […]

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Celebrating Oktoberfest in Alabama with executions

October is a pleasant time of year to be in Alabama — especially if you love killing. Sure, happening times can be had in pumpkin patches and at the Kentuck,

Gov. Greitens: Pull down Missouri’s racist death penalty statutes

This past Tuesday, well over one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Civil War, a powerful, well-connected, well-to-do Southern white man, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, exercised

Forensic science evidence trending towards less reliable

In January 2016, bemoaning that "the more people talk about improving the use of forensic science in the courtroom, the more things stay the same," I blogged in bold

Safeguarding Bob Marley with “So Much Things to Say”

In reviewing Roger Steffens’s latest book, So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley, Hua Hsu asserts in The New Yorker that Steffens’s contribution to the

King Yellowman defends gay rights at Reggae on the Mountain

Born with albinism in 1956, dancehall music legend King Yellowman was rejected from birth. As a baby, he was found in a supermarket’s trash heap in Kingston, Jamaica. Miraculously

Music royalty & Raging Fyah figure prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017

When Yellowman, the perennially provocative “King of Dancehall Music,” pointed at the assembled crowd at this year’s eighth annual Reggae on the Mountain (July 22-23) in California, “nobody move,

Gov. Kasich: “Amazing Grace” starts with you

Recently, at the Community Church in Woodland Hills, California, a woman sang “Amazing Grace.” She sang slow with sweet, lilting sorrow, letting each dolorous, weighty note saturate the space

Big lizards and baked cookies in cars

In Arizona, where temperatures now routinely muscle their way to 120 degrees or more, folks can fry eggs on the sidewalk and bake cookies in cars giving new meaning

Public defenders need support

In 1963, in Gideon v. Wainwright, Associate Justice Hugo Black wrote, "in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire

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