It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roper v. Simmons which abolished the death penalty for children. For Black History Month, we honor the memory of George Stinney. Stinney was the youngest person in modern times to be put to death. However, although the death chamber is now outlawed for children, the US continues to sentence its youngest citizens to die in prison with life…

California’s death penalty law may hinge on outcome of Arizona case

California’s death penalty law may hinge on outcome of Arizona case

Is California's death penalty and LWOP law so broad that it violates the constitution? If the the Supreme Court takes Arizona's case and decides that does violate the constitution this could mean big changes in California. We believe that to be constitutional, we must not define capital crimes so broadly that they give prosecutors and jurors virtually unlimited discretion to decide which murders should be punished by death. Such an…