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California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state’s death penalty unconstitutional.

The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. 547 more words

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CA Attorney General Kamala Harris To Appeal Ruling That Declared Death Penalty Unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO (KCBS/AP) – State Attorney General Kamala Harris is appealing a ruling last month that declared California’s enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional.

Harris announced Thursday that she will ask the 9th U.S. 314 more words

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California To Appeal Ruling Tossing Death Penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the state’s death penalty.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her decision Thursday. 106 more words

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Released in the Middle East

Important to note, that my Released in the Middle East blogs are excerpts of emails sent home in my time in the Middle East, hence there will be no correct time sequence, and may not follow the moon correctly. 1,199 more words

Humour

Cruel and Unusual Part2

This article appeared in Ceylon Today on Wednesday August 13 2014.

An examination of  issues relating to capital punishment, continued from last week.

What Do the Philosophers Say? 1,215 more words

Ceylon Today

Anatomy of a Wrongful Conviction

There are many aspects of criminal justice and imprisonment that the general public is unfamiliar with. That’s why this blog exists — to educate. One of the most serious problems in criminal justice is that it is possible for someone to be convicted and even to be sentenced to death, strictly on the basis of legal technicalities. 1,731 more words

Prison

陳弘儒論遲來的正義是什麼?一個加州死刑制度違憲的反省

感謝欣怡,讓我有機會閱讀這則判決以及追蹤相關發展,歡迎對於此議題有興趣的人,提供意見。而內文提供如下:(廢話電子報的連結在此,而文章的檔案在此:遲來的正義是什麼_一個美國死刑裁決的啟示_陳弘儒)。

遲來的正義是什麼?一個加州死刑制度違憲判決的啟示

陳弘儒[1]

1. 理解背景的背景

美國聯邦地區法院法官在2014年7月16日做成了一個判決(Ernest Jones v. Kevin Chappell),免除死刑犯Jones的死刑執行,這個判決令人訝異之處在於法官直接宣告加州的死刑制度牴觸美國憲法第八修正案而違憲[2]。美國憲法第八修正案禁止各使用「殘酷與異常刑罰」(cruel and unusual punishment),本判決的法官認為加州死刑制度的執行與管理具有高度恣意性以及拖延死刑執行等特色,從刑罰理論來看喪失了刑罰的兩個主要功能:應報與預防,以及違背了國家公正執行刑罰的義務。基於這樣的觀點,法官免除了死刑犯Jones的死刑執行。這樣的觀點引起了不小的討論[3]

台灣關於這個判決的報導,已有風傳媒做了判決內容初步說明[4]。但是,礙於報導性質,除了制度性差異未見說明外,法院的法律論證也尚未顯明。對於價值論證更顯得薄弱,例如報導中最後一段「遲來的不是正義」,指出「從一審判決到罪行確立,大約需要25年」,應該是指2009年的Gerald Uelmen的文章。此外,Uelmen的文章所指的應該是從判決之後到執行,而非一審判決到罪行確立。對於一篇報導實無法以學術標準苛刻之。但是,風傳媒的報導最有疑義的地方是「遲來的不是正義」的價值預設,似乎讓人認為死刑判決必然執行是美國法院所認可的正義觀。實際上,問題沒有這麼簡單,因為法院確實提到timeliness,但是這個詞是否意味著立即執行,仍需要討論 189 more words

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