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Death Penalty Due Process

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Death Penalty Due Process

Death Penalty Due Process

Death Penalty Due Process

Only Available in Archive Formats.

A federal judge in New York says he's prepared to rule capital punishment unconstitutional because so many innocent people are being sentenced to death, thereby depriving them of due process. Tavis Smiley talks about the case with legal scholar Raymond Brown. They're joined by lawyer John Blume, whose client, convicted murderer Richard C. Johnson, is scheduled to be executed on Friday even though someone else has confessed to the crime and says Johnson is innocent.