The Death Penalty: Why We Fight for Equal Justice

Last week, Texas officials refused to halt the execution of Duane Edward Buck even though his 1997 capital murder trial was concernedly tainted by unconstitutional racial testimony from an expert witness. The Supreme Court, which temporarily blocked the execution, will review Buck’s case later this month. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Georgia officials plan to execute convicted murderer Troy Davis, whose guilt is much more in doubt today than it was two decades ago when he was sentenced to die. Despite the public protests over Davis’s fate, the justices in Washington will likely have to intervene there, too, if his life is to be spared while the “new” evidence is meaningfully re-examined. (The Atlantic)