Tag Archives: Death Penalty
Maurice Chammah discusses his story, “The Recanters” which asks what happens when claims of abuse come undone.
Texas’ shortage of death penalty drugs has created a strange situation in a state where there’s still strong support for the death penalty—and most people even think it’s being fairly applied.
The ABA report makes recommendations on every stage of Texas’s capital punishment system. Law enforcement should use model practices when dealing with eyewitnesses; interrogations should be videotaped; biological evidence should be safely preserved and defendants should be able to have it tested. Crime lab standards should be standardized and test results verified independently and often. Texas should use national standards for arson investigations, give juries better instructions, and provide adequate counsel for defendants in every stage of the process.
Yet even if these and all the other recommendations were all followed, Anthony Graves would not be satisfied.
A move to a career in law sometimes means the end of the dream for aspiring writers, a time to put away toiled-over drafts for legal briefs. For Elizabeth Silver, however, the legal world was just the beginning of her life as a novelist.