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Author Jared Porter

Bible-Belt states have been more likely to execute mentally retarded defendants than other states, according to data compiled by the publication Mental Retardation and the Death Penalty Information Center. Thirty-two of the 35 mentally retarded defendants given the death penalty between 1984 and 2000 were executed in southern states, statistics show. “The fact that so […] Read More

A special report by the Tennessean found that half of the 151 death sentences of Tennessee defendants since 1977 have been overturned after appeal. The sentences were overturned primarily because of trial errors or incompetent defense attorneys, the article read. “Those figures should be disturbing to anyone,” a lawyer for the Southern Center for Human […] Read More

President Bush met with Pope John Paul II for the first time Monday, in the midst of Bush’s struggle over federal funding of stem cell research. Several Bush advisers said the president would likely not make a decision about stem cell research until after the July 23 visit, according to the Washington Post. The pope […] Read More

Forgiveness used to be for wimps, but things are different now. Dr. Robert Karen knows a thing or two about forgiveness. Karen has written two books about the subject. His most recent book, The Forgiving Self: The Road from Resentment to Connection (Doubleday), was released earlier this year. In a recent interview with the New […] Read More

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor questioned the fairness of the death penalty in a July 2 speech, saying, “the system may well be allowing some innocent defendants to be executed,” according to the Washington Post. “Serious questions are being raised” about the death penalty, she said at the annual convention of Minnesota Women Lawyers. […] Read More

It’s been No.1 on both the New York Times and USA TODAY best sellers’ list. It has sold more than 4 million copies. For many readers, Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life is a godsend. Still, the book has met with more than just praise since being published last […] Read More