Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The media on military executions

Lots of calls today. We were on NPR's "Morning Edition" this morning. Journalists from Spain and the Netherlands called this afternoon. And ABC's Nightline called, but I think the producer cooled on the story when I explained that we do not factually know that military executions are about to take place.

For clarification's sake: Some in the media are interpreting the new guidelines and the Reuters story as somehow saying that military executions are about to take place. Although we have no idea what the military is up to, there is currently no indication that this is so. Meanwhile we do have three federal (non-military) executions scheduled for May 8, May 10 and May 12.

We did make it onto the websites of the Washington Post and ABCNews.com. (The Post culled us from their print edition.)

To listen to the NPR piece from this morning, go here.

[Clarification: I wanted to clarify that to my knowledge, and I have been tracking every publicly capital case opinion for the last 8 years for Capital Defense Weekly, there is no reason to believe that an execution is likely in a military death penalty case in the near term. Every death sentenced person eligible for the military death penalty still has not gone through federal habeas corpus review, however, several have nearly completed their rounds of military appellate review. While it is possible that these regulations are designed for the military tribunals for those at Guantanamo Bay or another detainee facility, the regulations appear to be routine updating of protocol and procedures. - karl]

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