Newsletter: November 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Did you know... only 20 of the 153 exonerations have been due to DNA evidence? This means an overwhelming majority of the exonerations have been due to factors such as false informant testimony.


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Pro-death penalty referenda prevail in three states; Kansas retains four justices attached for death penalty decisions

On 8 November 2016 the world watched with bated breath as America voted for their newest President. However, many on the global stage forget that during these elections Americans do not simply vote for a President, they vote for new members of congress, for 12 new state governors, state and local officials, judges, and they vote on controversial policy proposals through binding referendums called ballot measures. Read more...

Kenyan president commutes all death sentences 

Last month heralded a landmark event for the history of capital punishment in Kenya, when President Uhuru Kenyatta commuted all 2,747 inmates on death row. The inmates (comprising 2,655 men and 92 women) were spared their sentences in a radical decision by the President.  Read more...

Florida Supreme Court vacates capital conviction on innocence claim

After ten years, on 27 October, Florida Supreme Court announced a unanimous decision to vacate a double murder conviction that only required a jury vote of 7-5 and 9-3 respectively (i.e. no unanimous recommendation for death) to warrant imposition of the ultimate punishment in the first instance. Read more...

New study finds Oregon death sentences are significantly more costly than life sentences

The debate surrounding capital punishment often focuses on the legal and moral limitations of executing a citizen for crimes that they have committed; however, the recent collaborative study between the Lewis & Clark Law School and Seattle University adds further weight to the argument that death penalty cases are more costly for the state than non-capital punishment cases. Read more...

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Amicus would like to thank Caroline Skeet, Shrai Popat, Samantha Lewis and Gerald Maguire for their contributions to this month's newsletter.