The Random Horror of the Death Penalty
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The Supreme Court has not banned capital punishment, as it should, but it has long held that the death penalty is unconstitutional if randomly imposed on a handful of people. An important new study based on capital cases in Connecticut provides powerful evidence that death sentences are haphazardly meted out, with virtually no connection to the heinousness of the crime.

A number of studies in the last three decades have shown that black defendants are more likely to be sentenced to death if their victim is white rather than black. But defenders of capital punishment often respond to those studies by arguing that the “worst of the worst” are sentenced to death because their crimes are the most egregious.

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Daniel Hernandez Jr., Gabrielle Giffords’ Hero Intern, On Anniversary Of Tucson Shootings
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Lying on his bedroom floor at five years old, Daniel Hernandez Jr. thought he was going to die.

He’d cracked his head open while jumping on the bed; blood was running down the sides of his face. His mother rushed him to the hospital; a nurse held him in her arms and repeated, “Everything will be okay.” Daniel says this nurse made him realize at a very young age what he wanted to do with his life — help people.

15 years later.

On January 8th, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, Hernandez found himself playing the role of caretaker in a national tragedy when a deranged gunman opened fire at an event organized by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Nineteen had been hit in total, six would die from their wounds. It was Hernandez’s first week on the job as an intern with Giffords. With a few medical emergency le…………… continues on Huffington Post

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