Cassandra Stubbs

Cassandra Stubbs is the director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project.

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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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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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