August 25, 2009
Whatever their views about capital punishment, most Americans probably assume that a convicted defendant will be released from prison if he can prove that he didn't commit the crime. In fact, the Supreme Court has stopped short of endorsing what lawyers call the "actual innocence" doctrine. But an unexpected order in a Georgia death penalty case may indicate that the justices are coming around to a common-sense view about the due process of law. Last week, they ordered a federal court in Georgia to reconsider the case of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer 18 years ago. Since then, seven prosecution witnesses have recanted their testimony, and dignitaries including former President Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI have pleaded for clemency, with the pope's representative providing Georgia officials with a detailed critique of the evidence used to convict Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1986
Rarely has it been proved so eloquently, that a picture speaks for a thousand words as Paul Conrad's cartoon (Sept. 9) lamenting the dastardly murder of innocent worshipers in the Istanbul synagogue. Once again Conrad proved not only his customary genius, but also his compassion for the innocents. DENES MARSH Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1993
It's very disturbing to read about the things children have to deal with--gang shootings, molestations, teen sex and a poor school environment. What a shame that kids have to face so many intense problems. I recently received an announcement for my 30th high school reunion. I remembered that the only thing I had on my mind back then was what kind of sweet roll did I want to get for nutrition. What has happened to the "innocence of childhood?" MARTY ESTRIN Glendale
June 16, 2002
The Times appears to have solidified an editorial policy to glorify, at every opportunity, the endless stream of Palestinian terrorists who have "no choice" but to murder innocent civilians ("Guide for Bombers Maps His Methods," June 12). Does The Times truly believe that the warped mentality of a chauffeur for would-be terrorists is more newsworthy than the stories of the grandparents and grandchildren whose lives are stolen, with each bomb blast, by the terrorist murderers who pretend to be working for a noble cause?
January 25, 2003
I could not finish "Preoccupied Territory" (Opinion, Jan. 19). Lynn Cohen's point of view, that innocent Arabs are suffering, left no room for outrage at the Arab leaders whose terrorist aims and unwillingness to seek peace are in large part responsible for the present heart-rending situation. It is a known axiom, and I quote Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben: "When leaders go astray, innocent people suffer." Unfortunately, innocent people are suffering on both sides. Since the intifada began in earnest two years ago, more than 700 Israelis have been murdered and over 5,000 Israelis have been burned, maimed, wounded and permanently disabled in terror attacks.
May 2, 2010 |
Literary empires have to start somewhere, and Scott Turow's began 23 years ago with the creation of an unusually trusting prosecutor named Rusty Sabich, whose affair with a somewhat pathological colleague made him the prime suspect after she was found bound, naked and dead. Sabich, of course, was innocent — not much of a murder-mystery if the protagonist is guilty. But the twisting plot Turow hatched for that debut novel, "Presumed Innocent," kept readers thinking and dissecting long after they finished the book.