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 July, 2000
Death Penalty Moratorium (14.4 | 28.8) Martha Barnett, the incoming president of the American Bar Association, urged the nation's lawyers to support a death penalty moratorium, saying there is widespread unfairness and even gross injustice in the way it is applied.

 June, 2000
Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8) The pros and cons of the death penalty took center stage again this week, with the execution of convicted murderer Gary Graham in Texas. Sharon talks to journalists Christy Hoppe, of the Dallas Morning News, Laura Kiernen, the New Hampshire columnist for the Boston Globe, and Steve Mills of the Chicago Tribune, to find out what citizens around the country are saying about their states' death penalty statutes.

Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 23, 2000
NPR's White House Correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the ambivalence that Vice President Al Gore -- and the entire Democratic party -- have taken towards capital punishment. They don't want to be perceived as soft on crime, but they question whether the death penalty is being applied fairly.

Bush Defends Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 22, 2000
NPR's John Burnett reports Texas Governor -- and Republican presidential candidate -- George W. Bush has presided over more executions than any other governor in the country. Even as other governors are reconsidering the fairness of the death penalty, Bush defends it.

Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 16, 2000
NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on the new dynamic in the debate over the death penalty. While polls show little movement on the issue -- Americans still support it -- there appears to be a growing awareness that innocent people have been put to death.

Bush & Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 12, 2000
Host Robert Siegel talks with Steve Mills, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune about death penalty cases in Texas. Mills and two additional reporters named Douglas Holt and Ken Armstrong have found that several cases have been prosecuted using flawed evidence.

Death Penalty (14.4 | 28.8) -- NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr notes the criticism surrounding capital punishment and the likelihood that the death penalty will become a campaign issue.

 May, 2000
New Hampshire Death Penalty Vote (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, May 18, 2000
New Hampshire Public Radio's Trish Anderton reports that the New Hampshire Senate is expected to approve a bill today, that would abolish the death penalty in that state. Anti-death penalty activists look to the vote as a watershed -- but supporters of the death penalty see it as a cause to mobilize their backers like never before.



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