Scott Martelle

Writer

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.

Recent Articles

  • Arkansas' rush to kill runs aground — fortunately

    Arkansas' rush to kill runs aground — fortunately

    Arkansas’ effort to jam eight executions into 11 days is rapidly collapsing under waves of legal challenges and court rulings that spotlight the absurdities of the system itself. The latest and broadest ruling: Arkansas can’t use one of the drugs in its three-drug protocol because state officials...

  • Intellectually disabled Texan gets court reprieve over his death sentence

    Intellectually disabled Texan gets court reprieve over his death sentence

    The U.S. Supreme Court did the right thing Tuesday when it rejected Texas’ absurd approach to determining whether a convicted murderer is too intellectually disabled to be executed. Too bad the court still supports the underlying absurdity, the death penalty itself. The case, Moore vs. Texas, centers...

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