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Jan. 5, 1947: Two Black 15-Year-Olds Set for Electric Chair After Losing Plea

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 5, 1947: “The majority of Americans belong to one minority group or another,” said Dr. Will Durant, author and lecturer, yesterday in outlining the scope of the … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

Aug. 30, 1957 By sundown today, condemned killer Billy Rupp may find his life saved by the same jurors who, five years ago, ordered his death. In a move unprecedented in penal annals, five of the Rupp case jury members … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates–Confidential File

May 24, 1957 REVENGE is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more law ought to weed it out–Francis Bacon Six states out of our 48 have abolished the death penalty. And California had … Continue reading

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