Andrew Cohen on the plight of Archie Dixon in Ohio

The story of this case is the story of capital punishment in America in 2013. Our nation’s courts do not routinely seek out ways to remedy material errors in these cases. Instead they routinely bend over backward to justify results, convictions, and death penalties even they themselves concede are inaccurate or based upon unfair procedures. They reward, or at least do not punish, incompetent defense attorneys and myopic judges. The concept of “harmless error” itself is Orwellian, and always has been, and perhaps never more than in this year of cases like this, where men are sent to death row, or kept them, following trials and appeals unworthy of our rule of law.

Read more……….

http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/when-%E2%80%9Charmless-error%E2%80%9D-anything-capital-case#.UqtmWOQLiy8.twitter

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This site is developed and maintained by the friends and family of Shawn Hawkins in order to publicise his case and win his freedom after more than 20 years in prison. He adds to it as often as he has news, roughly monthly.
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One Response to Andrew Cohen on the plight of Archie Dixon in Ohio

  1. Swithin Fry says:

    Makes me shudder…how can this be true, I think, knowing all too well it is…

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