Guerny, Death Chamber, Oklahoma

Justice Breyer’s Dissent in Glossip v. Gross


The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a medically dubious three-drug lethal injection sentence. No surprise there; the conservative block of this court is enthusiastic, if not legally rigorous, in finding ways to approve the killing of convicted criminals. The majority went through absolute legal convolutions – a jurist version of “Twister” – to avoid admitting that…

Hall of Shame of Wrongful Convictions


The University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University Law School have joined in an effort to create a national database of exonerated criminal defendants. It’s a kind of Hall of Shame of Wrongful Convictions. Beginning in 1989, the Registry documents over 900 exonerations, and is still assembling data. Before Alaskans get too smug about…