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BIRMINGHAM NEWSPAPER TAKES A STAND ON DEATH PENALTY IN ALABAMA
 
» No airtight case for death   (Thursday, 11/10/2005, Birmingham News )
In his third 2000 debate with Al Gore, then presidential candidate George W. Bush said he believes in the death penalty because it saves lives. "It's the only reason to be for it," Bush said. "I don't think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don't think that's right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people's lives."

» When death is on the line   (Tuesday, 11/08/2005, Birmingham News )
Troy KingDefends Alabama's capital punishment system Bryan StevensonSays the system is unreliable

» Many murders, few executions   (Monday, 11/07/2005, Birmingham News )
Michael Landrum hired a hit man in 2003 to kill his own 3-year-old daughter and her grandmother. Ida Little was shot in the head and stomach; young Mikayla Little was shot in the face. The child's mother, who was not Landrum's wife, was serving in Iraq at the time.

» A death penalty conversion   (Sunday, 11/06/2005, Birmingham News )
In his last moments of life, John Peoples smiled, lifted a thumb toward his brother Gerry and said a few final words: "I hope I've handled everything ... with dignity."

» Presenting a case for life   (Sunday, 11/06/2005, Birmingham News )
Today, The Birmingham News editorial page begins a six-day exploration of the death penalty in Alabama. The ideas expressed in these pieces represent the consensus of an editorial board that has spent months researching and debating the issue.

» The debate over   (Sunday, 11/06/2005, Birmingham News )
Ours is a system where the punishment should be commensurate with the crime. Those who object and believe that capital punishment should be abolished must never have stood at a vigil for victims and looked at the faces of those who have been lost in senseless, barbaric crimes - faces framed in glass, wet with tears that never dry; faces that stare back, waiting for justice.

»Letters, faxes, and e-mail (Saturday, November 12, 2005, Birmingham News)
I want to personally thank The Birmingham News editorial board for all its research into the death penalty in Alabama. The News has displayed much bravery for exposing what's wrong with the judicial system in general and especially as it is applied to executions in our state of Alabama. I am so proud of The News for taking this long-needed stand for truth.


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