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Connecticut's highest court has overturned the death penalty in the state, saying it's unconstitutional.

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  America is the most punitive nation in the world, handing out historically harsh sentences that largely dispense with the concept of rehabilitation.

Alan and Susan Raymond - Oscar and Emmy winners for HBO’s I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School - explore the reality of “the other death penalty” in Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A.

Featuring exclusive, unprecedented access, Toe Tag Parole: To Live And Die On Yard A was shot entirely at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, a maximum-security facility in the Mojave Desert. The documentary debuts on Monday, August 3rd at 9PM on HBO.

5/18/15 Panel

May 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Key Iraqi City Falls To ISIS; Marco Rubio on Iraq; Jeb Bush on Same-Sex Marriage; Biker Gang Shooting; Boston Bomber Death Penalty.

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The defense team for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began a two-week campaign in court yesterday to avoid the death penalty. We have an expert on the topic in the studio with us today—Professor James Acker of UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice is here to discuss the Tsarnaev case and to answer your questions.

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The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial has led the news throughout New England and the country over the past couple weeks. The man found guilty of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is now facing the death penalty in federal court in Boston. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis takes a look at Massachusetts’ history with and without the death penalty.

Preparations for a new trial are getting underway for a Vermont man whose kidnapping and murder conviction was overturned because of juror misconduct.

    When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic, the police arrest a rival gang member. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so he can seek a death sentence.

This is the plot of The Hanging Judge: A Novel – it is based on the experience of the author, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts – Michael Ponsor.

  Renewed and vigorous debate over the death penalty has erupted as DNA testing has proven that many on death row are in fact innocent. In this debate, however, the guilty have been forgotten. In his new book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, legal scholar Austin Sarat describes just how unquiet death by execution can be. If we assume a death row prisoner is guilty, how can we be sure that we are fulfilling the Supreme Court's mandate to ensure that his execution is "the mere extinguishment of life" and not a cruel and unusual punishment?

Sean Philpott: The Ethics Of A Botched Execution

May 8, 2014

Clayton Lockett died last week, but few will mourn his death. A four-time convicted felon, Mr. Lockett was executed by the State of Oklahoma for shooting and then burying alive a 19-year-old girl. Following his death, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin proudly stated that, "justice was served".

3/3/14 Panel

Mar 3, 2014

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine
Oligarchs
Venezuela
SCOTUS IQ
CA Pot Plan

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court for the second time has heard arguments that the recent repeal of the state's death penalty should also apply to the 10 inmates currently on death row.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the appeal of Daniel Webb, who is awaiting execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of bank executive Diane Gellenbeck.

Webb's lawyers argue that repealing capital punishment only for future crimes violates Webb's constitutional rights to equal protection by treating him differently than other defendants.

Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombing Indicted

Jun 28, 2013
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Authorities say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a 15-count state indictment related to the death of a police officer and a police shootout.

That's in addition to a 30-count federal indictment returned by a federal grand jury Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and state officials said at a news conference that they're thinking of the three people killed and 260 people injured when two bombs exploded April 15 near the finish line.

4/24/13 - Panel

Apr 24, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• The Death Penalty
• Miranda Rights
• Surveillance and Privacy
• Justice in the era of the 24-Hour news cycle

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Following the Boston Marathon bombings, a New York state Senator is renewing his call for the death penalty. He also says he’s not opposed to torture, under certain circumstances, and is standing by a tweet that made national headlines.

Following the capture of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Republican state Senator from the Hudson Valley Greg Ball tweeted Friday night, quote “So, scumbag #2 in custody. Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?”

Connecticut’s Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the recent repeal of the state’s death penalty applies only to future defendants.

The state's highest court granted a request on Thursday by Eduardo Santiago to challenge the repeal's impact on those who committed capital crimes before the law was passed. He was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot that promised him a broken snowmobile.

The death penalty was repealed in April, but it was preserved for 11 inmates on death row and for pending cases.

Connecticut death row inmates who have sued the state to get their sentences overturned argue that race and geographic bias played a part in their prosecution. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more….

Five of the 11 men on Connecticut's death row are plaintiffs. They claim their penalty was arbitrary and discriminatory.

Their lawsuit went to trial Wednesday at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.

Connecticut's governor has signed a new law that abolishes the state's death penalty for future crimes. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A spokeswoman says Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill Wednesday afternoon at a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.

Malloy issued a statement calling it "an historic moment" as Connecticut joins 16 other states that have abolished capital punishment. He said it was a moment "for sober reflection, not celebration."

CT On Track to be 17th State Sans Death Penalty

Apr 6, 2012

Connecticut is on track to become the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty amid what supporters say is a growing national sentiment against executing prisoners.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The state Senate approved a repeal bill 20-16 early Thursday. It now goes to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers say the legislation has strong support.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has said he will sign it into law.