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How Utterly Depraved! The American Government’s Murder of Ethel Rosenberg

Deborah Friedell London Review of Books
Ethel Rosenberg never abetted Soviet intelligence. Nor did Julius enable Russia’s atom bomb development. Yet in the overheated cold war and Korean intervention climate, they were singularly executed. The book under review details the graphic story.

Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba Review – A Notorious Cold War Tragedy

Melissa Benn The Guardian
This is a sensitive portrait of the American civilian who was executed for allegedly passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. There are striking similarities between the poisonous atmosphere of the cold war and that of contemporary politics...

Bryan Stevenson: If It's Not Right to Rape a Rapist, How Can It Be OK to Kill a Killer?

Brigid Delaney The Guardian
One of the challenges we face is that people talk about the death penalty as if it’s a choice between the death penalty and no punishment. In a 21st-century society we have so many ways to incapacitate people who are a legitimate threat to public safety and impose punishments that are serious and substantial, that express community outrage without executing people.

There’s No Humane Way to Carry Out the Death Penalty

Eugene Robinson The Washington Post
There’s no reason to believe lethal injection is a more humane way to end a life than electrocution, poison gas, hanging, firing squad or even guillotine. Of course, we’ll never know. We can tell ourselves any story we want about how quickly and painlessly death arrived, and the one person who could prove us wrong will never speak again.

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

Andrew Cohen The Atlantic
Mississippi wants to execute a 56-year-old mentally ill woman Thursday even though no one now seems to believe that she murdered the husband who had battered and abused her for years. Mississippi wants its pound of flesh. But why from Michelle Byrom?
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