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    mango, FWIW

    In Illinois, 17 death row convicts were freed based on well-founded claims of actual innocence.   The experience convinced Gov. George Ryan to commute the sentence of every prisoner on death row.

    I think that the chances of wrongful conviction are much greater when the offense is heinous and garners public attention.   The police are under pressure to make an arrest, judges to admit dubious evidence at trial, and state's attorneys to obtain a conviction.

    As noted, there are plenty of reasons besides wrongful conviction to oppose the death penalty.  I think that in the long run a more humane system produces more humane people, so everybody benefits.

    I was there...at  Northwestern law School four years ago...when Gov. Ryan made his announcement.   It was a highlight of my life and something I think about often.

    "Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty." George Washington, 1796.

    by acquittal on Sat Dec 16, 2006 at 02:33:20 PM PST

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