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USA: 14% OF DEATH ROW INMATES ARE THERE BECAUSE OF JUST 5 PROSECUTORS

July 1, 2016: Just 5 prosecutors representing less than 0.2% of US counties are responsible for 14% of all people currently on death row and 5% of people sentenced to death in the past 40 years. That's according to a recently released report from Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project. The report - subtitled "How overzealous personalities drive the death penalty" - found the death penalty was more about prosecutors cultivating an "over-aggressive" and "reckless" style than the actual crimes, the Huffington Post reports.
And, according to the Guardian, that leads to a "highly arbitrary" use of the death penalty.
The 5 prosecutors, who have sentenced a total of 440 people to death, are Joe Britt in North Carolina, Bob Macy in Oklahoma, Lynne Abraham in Pennsylvania, Johnny Holmes in Texas, and Donnie Myers in South Carolina.
Only Myers is still serving as a prosecutor.
All 5 prosecutors seem to relish securing the death penalty. Myer has an electric chair paperweight. Macy, who got a 16-year-old sentenced to death, saw it as his "patriotic duty." Abraham says she's never doubted one of her death sentences, despite 2 of them later being exonerated. And that leads to another problem: the "illegal or unethical behavior" that seems to go hand-in-hand with a passion for the death penalty.
Misconduct was found in 1/3 of Macy's 54 death sentences, and 3 of them were exonerated. Britt was found to have committed misconduct in more than 1/3 of his 38 death sentences and had 2 developmentally disabled teens exonerated. Myers was found to have a 46% misconduct rate, often for excluding jurors on the basis of race. He once referred to a black defendant as "King Kong" and a "beast of burden." (Source: newser.com, 01/07/2016)

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NORTH KOREA: PYONGYANG PUBLICLY EXECUTED 6 OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR APRIL DEFECTION
INDONESIA: FOUR PRISONERS KILLED IN FIRST EXECUTIONS IN A YEAR
BANGLADESH: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR SIX MILITANTS
SYRIA: ISIS CRUCIFIES MAN FOR APOSTASY
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED IN ONE DAY
PAKISTAN: TWO DEATH ROW CONVICTS EXECUTED IN SAHIWAL, SARGODHA JAIL
SAUDI ARABIA: FILIPINO DRIVER WAS SAVED FROM DEATH ROW BY TWO SAUDI MILLIONAIRES
SAUDI ARABIA: DEATH PENALTY ISSUED FOR SHIITE MINOR
PAKISTAN: MURDER CONVICT HANGED IN SIALKOT JAIL
IRAN: 250 EXECUTIONS SO FAR IN 2016
USA: SEPT. 11 PROSECUTORS ASK JUDGE TO ACCEPT 2,976 DEATH CERTIFICATES AS EVIDENCE
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO MURDER CONVICTS EXECUTED
MALDIVES: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS THIRD DEATH SENTENCE
ARKANSAS (USA): LETHAL INJECTION DRUG LIKELY FROM PFIZER SUBSIDIARY
IRAN: PUBLIC HANGING OF A MAN IN KERMANSHAH PROVINCE
SOMALIA: SOMALILAND COURT SENTENCES 8 TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: FOUR CITIZENS CONVICTED OF MURDER EXECUTED
IRAN: REGIME HANGS THREE IN PRISON
SOUTH SUDAN: TWO SOUTH SUDANESE SOLDIERS EXECUTED IN WAU
JAPAN: TOP COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLER TSUTSUI
IRAN: 10 PRISONERS EXECUTED AT RAJAI SHAHR PRISON IN ONE DAY
SAUDI ARABIA CARRIES OUT 99TH EXECUTION OF THE YEAR
BANGLADESH: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING JESSORE PHYSICIAN
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI, ARAB EXECUTED AS TOTAL BEHEADINGS THIS YEAR NEAR 100
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