Friday, September 14, 2007

Innocence Matters, Chapter One

Whether you support the death penalty or oppose it, we can all agree that executing innocent people violates our common decency. That's why it is important for Americans to understand not just that innocent people have been sent to death row and later exonerated and released, but that innocent people actually have been executed.

Earlier this month we blogged about a special TV program which aired on the new TV network HDNet. The program is titled, "Dan Rather Reports: Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?"

It focuses on the cases of Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna, both executed by the state of Texas and both featured in NCADP's 2006 report, "Innocent and Executed: Four Chapters in the Life of America's Death Penalty."

So far, HDNet only goes into about 400,000 or so American households. So I was pleased to check my email the other day and see that I had a message from Steve Jimenez, who, along with Dan Rather, produced the show. Steve wanted to let all of us know that you can now watch the entire program online.

View the commercial-free program in its entirety by going here.

Does innocence matter? Yeah, it does.

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