Le donazioni alla Comunità di Sant'Egidio sono fiscalmente deducibili
secondo la normativa vigente
 
Anche quest'anno è possibile destinare il 5x1000 alla Comunità di Sant'Egidio
Scrivi il numero 80191770587 nella dichiarazione dei redditi

Andrea Riccardi: sul web

Andrea Riccardi: sui social network

Andrea Riccardi: la rassegna stampa

change language
sei in: no pena di morte - news contattinewsletterlink

Sostieni la Comunità

 
7 Maggio 2010 | STATI UNITI

USA

Due nuovi libri sulla pena di morte

 
versione stampabile

The Economist

The death penalty - Theirs but to do and die - The deficiencies of the system

The Autobiography of an Execution. By David Dow. Twelve; 271 pages; $24.99. Buy from Amazon.com

Last Words of the Executed. By Robert Elder. University of Chicago Press; 304 pages; $22.50 and £14.50. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

AMERICA’S fondness for the death penalty is disconcerting—and to no one more than David Dow, whose job is to defend death-row inmates in the most kill-happy state, Texas. Mr Dow’s frank account, “The Autobiography of an Execution”, weaves tales from his often-futile efforts—in which stalling, rather than stopping, his clients’ execution is frequently the only feasible goal—with scenes from his own family life. “We planned the execution around our vacations,” he writes of one of his clients, Henry Quaker.

Quaker’s grim case forms the core of the book. The beneficiary of a life-insurance policy on his family, the jurors are told, he was arrested for shooting his wife, from whom he had recently separated, and two children. Mr Dow is unable to save Quaker, largely because the case was badly mishandled by his initial lawyer, a common predicament for death-row inmates. Mr Dow attends the execution. Of the roughly 100 people on death row he has represented over his career, Mr Dow believes seven were innocent. (To protect his clients’ confidentiality, Mr Dow not only altered names but mixed up the circumstances of many cases that he has worked on. So Quaker’s tale, along with everything else in the book, is a composite of true circumstances, he explains.)

Mr Dow is angry. “I used to support the death penalty. I changed my mind when I learned how lawless the system is,” he writes. His world is full of public defenders who fail to perform even the most basic duties in court, indifferent judges, cowardly public officials, and an absurdly rigid system which honours the letter of the rules over actual justice.

Mr Dow does not actually like many of his clients. And he points out some sorry truths of the American justice system. As in the Quaker case, Mr Dow generally gets to his clients too late, because the federal courts are loth to go back over the problematic trials of the state courts. His work is gruelling and awful—and then the client dies and the process starts all over again with somebody new.

Knowing something of the deficiencies of the American justice system is useful for leafing through “Last Words of the Executed”, the final statements of hundreds of Americans who have been condemned through the centuries. Robert Elder has organised his book according to the manner of death. There are chapters on hanging; the firing-squad (Utah is due to execute a prisoner in June this way—America’s first such execution since 1996); the gas chamber; the electric chair; and lethal injection (the most common method used, though it once took so long to find a beefy Ohio inmate’s vein that he was granted a break to go to the toilet).

The last words are remarkable for their remorse, humour, hatred, resignation, fear and bravado. “I wish you’d hurry up. I want to get to hell in time for dinner,” a 19th-century Wyoming murderer told his hangman. Some rambled; others were concise. Several blamed the drink; others reasserted innocence, or (especially in recent years) railed against the death penalty. Some accepted their fate. “If I was y’all, I would have killed me. You know?” said a Texan, who had murdered his son’s former girlfriend and her sister, as he readied himself for lethal injection. America’s diverse heritage is stamped even onto its killers’ final moments.

NEWS CORRELATE
10 Ottobre 2017

Nella Giornata mondiale contro la pena di morte visitiamo i condannati più poveri in Africa


Pena di morte e povertà è il tema della Giornata di quest'anno. Il lavoro di Sant'Egidio nelle carceri africane in vista della Giornata delle Città per la Vita del 30 novembre
IT | EN
6 Ottobre 2017

Sosteniamo "the Pledge", l'appello lanciato da CMN ad impegnarsi per abolire la pena capitale, dando attuazione alle parole del Papa

30 Settembre 2017
STATI UNITI
"Dall'ira al perdono" questo fu il suo motto e il suo stile di vita

A un mese dalla scomparsa Sant’Egidio ricorda Ron Carlson, che ha speso la vita per l'abolizione della pena capitale


Ron Carlson è deceduto a Houston (Texas) il 1 settembre 2017 a seguito di un incidente stradale
7 Luglio 2017
STATI UNITI
Dopo una vasta campagna mondiale basata sulla preoccupazione per la sua salute mentale e sulla richiesta di abolizione della pena di morte

Apprendiamo con dolore che in Virginia ha avuto luogo l'esecuzione di William Morva


William Morva, 35 anni, è morto alle 9.15 di giovedì nel centro correttivo di Greensville a Jarratt, in Virginia
24 Giugno 2017
STATI UNITI

Comunità di Sant'Egidio: a Washington per rafforzare l'impegno contro la pena di morte

2 Maggio 2017
STATI UNITI

Anthony Farina non è più condannato a morte. Non sarà libero, ma non rischia più l'esecuzione


Dal 2012 migliaia di appelli urgenti alle autorità e lettere e cartoline a Anthony hanno sostenuto questo importante cambiamento
tutte le news correlate

RASSEGNA STAMPA CORRELATA
28 Novembre 2016
AP

High court to examine mental disability, death penalty issue
12 Novembre 2016
Internazionale

Si rafforza la pena di morte negli Stati Uniti
11 Novembre 2016

Al liceo classico “Socrate” di Bari, conferenza “Non c’è giustizia senza vita”
24 Ottobre 2016
New York Times

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End
4 Giugno 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
tutta la rassegna stampa correlata

VIDEO FOTO
53
Video promo Cities for Life 2015
3:22

3 visite

12 visite

7 visite

7 visite

4 visite
tutta i media correlati