Friday, December 4, 1998

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  • Texas and the Death Penalty: A Lethal Lottery

    Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Andrew Cantu, sentenced to death for a 1990 double murder. Cantu had lacked legal representation for more than a year. If he been executed, Cantu would have become the first person to be executed in the US without having been given a chance to appeal the constitutionality of his case before state and federal courts. If it is a lethal game of lottery, as many people describe it, then the odds for some are stacked from the beginning. Texas, the execution capital of the United States, reserves its death penalty for the poor, for people of color, and for those accused of killing whites, according to statistics.

  • Canadian Citizen Readied for Texas Execution

    On December 10, the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Texas plans to kill Joseph Stanley Faulder, a 61 year old Canadian citizen sentenced to death for the 1975 murder of Inez Philips.