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- Virginia’s former chief executioner has become an avid spokesman against the death penalty after his experience with wrongful convictions. “If I execute an innocent person, I’m no better than the people on death row,” he said.
- Just this Monday, a 58-year-old man was freed by DNA testing after serving nearly 30 years in Texas prison on a murder conviction.
- And another Texas man who was facing death row has settled for life in prison, in a case in which the trial judge and the prosecutor were in a romantic relationship.
- In Illinois, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to increase mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes, and make it harder to be released from prison early.