David A. Love

David A Love is the executive director of Philadelphia-based Witness to Innocence, a national organisation of exonerated former death row prisoners and their families in the US. He is also executive editor of BlackCommentator.com, and a contributor to the Huffington Post and the NBC News site, theGrio. Follow David on Twitter @davidalove

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"Americans struggle to come to terms with its original sin of racism," writes Love, "at a time of weaponised white supremacy, when domestic terrorism with a white male face poses the greatest threat to their lives." (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images News) Views
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Mass Shootings: The Most American Way to Kill and Die
This year the United States has repeatedly made international headlines with a series of mass shootings. According to the Gun Violence Archive , as of August 6, the US has experienced 253 such incidents since the beginning of the year - an average of more than one shooting a day. In the most recent...
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Cyntoia Brown in the PBS documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. (Photo: Daniel H. Birman Productins, Inc) Views
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Cyntoia Brown Shows Us That Justice Is Not Blind
Cyntoia Brown was a victim of child sex trafficking who killed her abuser. Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire serial child sex abuser. Both were convicted and sentenced – in ways that demonstrate the profound inequities of our criminal justice system. On December 6, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled...
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Friday, March 15, 2013
Why It's One Law for the Rich in America and McJustice for the Rest
With an historic vote in the state senate for repeal of that state's death penalty statute, Maryland is on track to become the 18th US state to abolish capital punishment .
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
How America's Death Penalty Murders Innocents
The US criminal justice system is a broken machine that wrongfully convicts innocent people, sentencing thousands of people to prison or to death for the crimes of others, as a new study reveals. The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University have compiled a new National Registry of Exonerations – a database of over 2,000 prisoners exonerated between 1989 and the present day, when DNA evidence has been widely used to clear the names of innocent peopl
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
The US Government's Capital Punishment Prerogative
While much attention is paid to the 34 US states that still administer the death penalty, federal and military systems of executions also exist. The retention of the US federal death penalty undermines those states that have abolished capital punishment – and federal executions undermine Washington's claims of world leadership in human rights.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The Racial Bias of the US Death Penalty
The application of the US death penalty is unfair, arbitrary and racially biased. Whether a defendant receives a death sentence depends not on the merits of the case, so much as on his or her skin colour – and the race of the victim – and the county in which the murder case was prosecuted.
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