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"Commentary: Executing the intellectually disabled serves little purpose," by Nicole Noël, Orlando Sentinel, September 18, 2019
"Missouri Is Set To Execute Russell Bucklew. His Lawyers Say His Case Was Mishandled.," by Lauren Gill, The Appeal, September 20, 2019
"The Navajo Nation Opposed His Execution. The U.S. Plans to Do It Anyway.," by Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project, September 17, 2019
"Death Sentence Tainted By Juror’s Consultation With Her Pastor," by Brian Flood, Bloomberg Law, September 12, 2019
"Why Conservatives Want to Scrap the Death Penalty," by Hannah Cox, The Crime Report, September 12, 2019
"California continues death penalty trials despite moratorium," by Don Thompson, Washington Post, September 11, 2019
"Harris County D.A. Seeks Execution of Intellectually Disabled Man, Lawyer Says," by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, September 10, 2019
"Witnessing a Federal Execution," by Peter Slevin, New Yorker, September 04, 2019
"100 Jewish Lawyers Stand Against Judge Accused of Using Racist Slurs Toward Inmate," by Angela Morris , Texas Lawyer, September 05, 2019
"Why Pope Francis and the Texas bishops are trying to save a man on death row," by Marisa Iati, Washington Post, September 05, 2019
"Opinion: An illusion of justice," by Radley Balko, Washington Post, September 05, 2019
"For Trump and Barr, Executions Are a Statement," by Andrea D. Lyon, The Atlantic, July 29, 2019
"The Government’s Arguments for Restoring the Death Penalty All Fail," by Sarah Lustbader, The Appeal, July 26, 2019
"U.S. Justice Department resumes use of the death penalty, schedules five executions," by Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters, July 25, 2019
"Opinion analysis: Justices reverse death sentence for Mississippi inmate," by Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog, June 21, 2019