Author: Fair Punishment Project

Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Racial Exclusion

Caddo Parish, LA Until last year, the Confederate flag flew outside Caddo’s courthouse. The Confederate monument remains. Caddo has a history of excluding African-Americans from jury service. A recent study found that prosecutors struck African-Americans from jury service at three times the rate on non-African-Americans. This pattern of racial exclusion may not be surprising given that Caddo had the second highest number of lynchings of African-Americans in the U.S. Clark County, NV Prosecutors in Clark County have been scolded by the the State Supreme Court multiple times about excluding jurors from capital cases on the basis of race. “I...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Wrongful Convictions of the Innocent

Four out of seven death row exonerations in the U.S. in 2015 came from outlier death penalty counties. Glenn Ford, pictured above, was exonerated in 2014 from Caddo Parish, LA. Jefferson County, AL Anthony Ray Hinton: Exonerated 2015 Montez Spradley: Exonerated 2015 Maricopa County, AZ Debra Milke: Exonerated 2015 Harris County, TX Alfred Dewayne Brown: Exonerated...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Ineffective Lawyers

A competent defense lawyer is a crucial component of our legal system. Outlier death penalty counties are rife with poorly performing lawyers who rarely give the jury a reason to save the defendant’s life. Nearly one in four death row inmates has been represented at trial, or on appeal, by court-appointed attorneys who have been disciplined for professional misconduct at some point in their careers. Caddo Parish, LA Daryl Gold represented 1 in 5 people sent to death row in the entire state between 2005 and 2014. He has had his law license suspended three times. Duval County, FL...

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People with Crippling Impairments Sentenced to Die In Outlier Death Penalty Counties

In 2015, America had the lowest number of executions in 25 years. Of the 28 people executed, 68% were mentally impaired or disabled, or experienced extreme childhood trauma and abuse. An examination of the 2015 cases that resulted in execution reveal a disturbing pattern: It’s frequently not just one impairment, such as a low IQ score, that defines these cases, but rather multiple forms of disability and impairment. Below are examples of recent cases from the outlier death penalty counties.   Caddo Parish, LA Corey Williams 16: Age at the time of the crime 67: IQ Score Lamondre Tucker...

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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Overzealous Prosecutors

Caddo Parish, LA After the exoneration of Glenn Ford, and the admission by former prosecutor Marty Stroud that he made mistakes in the case and was arrogant, Caddo Parish prosecutor DALE COX said: “I think we need to kill more people.” Cox is also known to have said inappropriate comments such as: “Jesus demands that his disciples kill a child abuser by placing a millstone around his neck and throwing him into the sea.” “I want to kill everyone in here. I want to cut their fucking throats. I’m just being honest, and if any of them want to...

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