Study: more than 4% of inmates on death row are innocent

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According to a study released by the researchers In Michigan and Pennsylvania, more than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death row in the U.S. are innocent.

The article, “Rate of False Conviction of Criminal Defendants Who Are Sentenced to Death” — was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Ray Jasper will die in two weeks, here’s his letter

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The following letter was written by Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper, who was sentenced to death at age 19 for the murder and robbery of recording studio owner David Alejandro. It originally was published on Gawker, and is addressed to Hamilton Nolan a member of the publication’s staff. Jasper describes the letter as one that “could be my final statement on earth.” He is scheduled to be executed on March 19.

NC Republicans Override Racial-Bias Death-Row Vetoe

North Carolina Republicans overrode Democratic Governor Beverley Perdue’s vetoe of a law that would make it more difficult for death row prisoners to use statistical evidence of racial bias when challenging their sentences.

This effectively undermines 2009’s Racial Justice Act, which directed judges to reduce death sentences to life sentences when there is evidence of racial bias.