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Who Gets the Death Penalty?

Date: May 13, 2002
Author: Bob Herbert
QUOTE: It is becoming ever more obvious that whether or not you get the death penalty depends a great deal more on who you are than what you did.

ABSTRACT: Maryland became the second state, after Illinois, to halt further executions. Herbert's column briefly describes a case in Georgia where botched paperwork led to the execution of not necessarily an innocent man, but of a man who many felt should have been spared for reasons of diminished mental capacities.

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