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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 28, 2022

"How overzealous prosecution and racial bias result in unjust death sentences in Missouri"

From KCUR (Kansas City NPR), via NACDL's news update:

According to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, since 1973 at least 190 people who were sentenced to death in the U.S. have been exonerated.

The center states, “Given the fallibility of human judgment, there has always been the danger that an execution could result in the killing of an innocent person.”

One Missouri case seems to be a textbook example of a perilously imperfect system where a defendant’s race and socioeconomic status, coupled with prosecutors all too eager to get a conviction, led to an unjust death sentence.

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