Execution Delays: How Long Is Too Long?

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In 1979, Arthur Lee Giles, then 19, was sentenced to death in Blount County, Al. Nearly 40 years later, he is still waiting to be executed. His glacial march to execution exposes a conundrum at the heart of U.S. death penalty, reports Slate. Condemned prisoners often spend decades on death row before being executed—if the execution ever happens at all—a fact that undermines . . .

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