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Lawyers group reviewed Alabama, calls for executions halt
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American Bar Association says serious
problems in state death penalty systems compromise fairness and
accuracy in capital punishment cases and justify a nationwide
freeze on executions.
Problems cited in a report released yesterday by the lawyers'
--Spotty collection and preservation of DNA evidence, which has
been used to exonerate more than 200 inmates;
--Misidentification by eyewitnesses;
--False confessions from defendants; and
--Persistent racial disparities that make death sentences more
likely when victims are white.
The report is a compilation of separate reviews done over the
past three years of how the death penalty operates in eight states:
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and