At 11 p.m Monday, the Columbia University Human Rights Review published and posted its Spring 2012 issue — devoted entirely to a single piece of work about the life and death of two troubled and troublesome South Texas men. In explaining to their readers why an entire issue would be devoted to just one story, the editors of the Review said straightly that the “gravity of the subject matter of the Article and the possible far-reaching policy ramifications of its publication necessitated this decision.” […]
The Review article is an astonishing blend of narrative journalism, legal research, and gumshoe detective work. And it ought to end all reasonable debate in this country about whether an innocent man or woman has yet been executed in America since the modern capital punishment regime was recognized by the Supreme Court in 1976. The article is also a clear and powerful retort to Justice Scalia in Kansas v. Marsh: Our capital cases don’t have nearly the procedural safeguards he wants to pretend they do.
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Read The Atlantic article, then read Ray Bonner’s Anatomy of Injustice. Should we place lives in the hands of a fallible justice system?
A marvelous moment, caught on film. Author Ray Bonner gives Edward Lee Elmore a copy of Anatomy of Injustice—the book that persuaded prosecution to finally set Elmore free after 30 years in prison; 23 of those years on death row.