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A Closer Look (Life and Death: Death Penalty) #192085

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Creation of the National Committee to Prevent Wrongful Executions reported; death penalty statistics cited.

(Huntsville, Texas: Mike von Fremd) The problem of wrongful imprisonment examined. [In January, Illinois Governor George RYAN - worries about the state taking innocent lives.] [Former Texas judge Charles BAIRD - cites cases where the prisoners had bad counsel.] [Defense attorney Dick BURR - talks about client Gary Graham, who faces execution.]

(New York: Terry Moran) The question of whether the death penalty system is flawed examined; details given of specific problems with interrogations, mistaken identification, DNA testing rights and changes that could be made. [Actual Innocence co-author Barry SCHECK - says all interrogations should be audio- or videotaped; explains how lineups should be carried out.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - says DNA testing should be available to inmates.]

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
von Fremd, Mike

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