"Serious problems in state death penalty systems compromise fairness and accuracy in capital punishment cases and justify a nationwide freeze on executions, the American Bar Association says.
Problems cited in a report released Sunday by the lawyers' organization include:
_Spotty collection and preservation of DNA evidence, which has been used to exonerate more than 200 inmates;
_Misidentification by eyewitnesses;
_False confessions from defendants; and
_Persistent racial disparities that make death sentences more likely when victims are white.
The report is a compilation of separate reviews done over the past three years of how the death penalty operates in eight states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee."
October 29, 2007
Just another list of reasons why capital punishment is immoral in the US: