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Role of Judges and Juries in Death Penalty Cases

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Role of Judges and Juries in Death Penalty Cases

Role of Judges and Juries in Death Penalty Cases

Role of Judges and Juries in Death Penalty Cases

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This week, more than 100 inmates on death row were given a reprieve thanks to a Supreme Court ruling that says juries, rather than judges, must decide who gets sentenced to death. NPR's Neal Conan and guests discuss whether juries are more accurate and impartial. Guest:

Charles Lane
*Staff writer for The Washington Post

Paul Lisnek
*Trial lawyer and jury consultant
*Author of forthcoming The Hidden Jury (Sourcebooks, Inc., Sept. 2003)

Judge Earl Strayhorn (Retired)
*Judge for 28 years, 24 of those in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court in Cook County (Chicago)