Cassandra Stubbs

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Anti-death penalty activists Art Laffin (L) of Journey of Hope and Judy Coode of Pax Christi International demonstrate in front of the U.S. Justice Department's Robert F. Kennedy Building July 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Not Even a Global Pandemic Could Stop the Federal Government from Pursuing a String of Back-to-Back Executions This Summer
Tonight, the federal government plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo man, despite the objections of the Navajo Nation and the family members of the victim in the case, and despite a federal statute intended to prevent federal executions of indigenous people over the objections of Native...
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Just as you would not expect a recent medical school graduate to perform a complex and risky surgery, you would not assign a junior lawyer without capital experience a leading role in a capital case. Views
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
At Guantánamo, a Death Penalty Case Without a Death Penalty Lawyer
The Guantánamo military commissions, the scheme created by the government to try 9/11 and other detainees, have devolved into an unacceptable and alarming assault on defense lawyers attempting to provide fair representation to their clients. A new letter , drafted by the ACLU and joined by 150...
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Jones County Courthouse Views
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Keith Tharpe’s Scheduled Execution Tests Our Tolerance for Racial Bias in Executions
In 1991, a jury in Jones County, Georgia, sentenced Keith Tharpe, a Black man, to death for the murder of his sister-in-law. Seven years later, Tharpe’s defense counsel met with a white juror from Tharpe’s trial as part of their routine investigation of the case. The juror explained to the lawyers...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man
Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank and smoked through his pregnancy. Because of her substance abuse, Ledell was born with a fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, a medical condition that left...
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