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Sun, Nov 27, 2011
Four cases dramatically illustrate the failings that have made many question the legitimacy of capital punishment.
Almost 100 death row inmates have been exonerated and released in the last few years. Clearly, our judicial system--long trumpeted as the best in the world--has major failings. But what can be done to repair them?
THE DEATH PENALTY ON TRIAL tackles this difficult questions by examining four cases, each illustrative of a critical weakness in the system. John Lee Guy was sentenced to die because he received incompetent defense from an alcoholic attorney who was using cocaine during his trial. Tommy Ziegler's trial was presided over by a judge who had previously opposed Ziegler's defense team, and when the jury recommended life imprisonment, the judge overruled them and sentenced Ziegler to die. Police tortured Leroy Orange for over twelve hours before he finally confessed to multiple homicides. And Charles Munsey died of cancer in jail before it was discovered that the district attorney who prosecuted his case knew that a key witness was lying.
This important, feature-length episode of A&E’s INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS marks the 10th anniversary of the series, and takes an unflinching look at the cost of not fixing a system that is clearly damaged. Hosted by Bill Kurtis.
After this show the innocent protection law was passed making DNA testing available (Cost $600.00 and in many cases DNA evidence was lost or never existed) Also it said judges could not overturn the jury verdict and those under 18 at the time of the crime and retarded people could not be executed. The case in this show would not be affected because his IQ was not low enough.
Sonia Jacobs and Peter Pringle on Their Journey From Death Row to the Wedding Altar