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Monday, June 12, 2006

ABA Accessment Team Finds Flaws in Alabama Death Penalty System

According to a recent report by Alabama-based ABA Accessment Team, chaired by University of Alabama School of Law Crim Prof Dan Filler, the state of Alabama has failed to meet the standard of doing everything humanly possible to ensure the decision is fair and to minimize the risk of error minimize the risk of error before deciding to take a human life.

This conclusion is based on an assessment of 79 American Bar Association criteria that provide guidance as to how to create a more fair and accurate death penalty system. The Alabama assessment is the second of 16 such reviews being conducted by the American Bar Association and teams based in these states.

Of the 79 ABA assessment criteria, Alabama fully complies with only four, and partly complies with 14. It fails to comply with another 37. Because the review was undertaken without official state participation, it was impossible to determine whether Alabama complies with 24 other measures. Two were inapplicable. With 193 inmates sitting on Alabama's Death Row, the flaws found by the assessment must be addressed. More. . . [Mark Godsey] full report

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