News Update 04.25.08
In Watauga County, Neil Sargeant has been sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Appalachian State student Stephen William Harrington. Harrington was bound, suffocated, and set on fire as part of what may have been a drug-related assault. After Sargeant was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this week, Harrington’s family approached the DA, told him that nothing would bring their son back, and asked him not to proceed with the portion of the trial that could have resulted in a death sentence.
From Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, the story of a former prosecutor and defense attorney whose brother was murdered, and how that experience affected her views on the death penalty.
The New York Times on the cruel and unusual history of the death penalty. The article discusses a number of botched executions, most interestingly the executions of men on whose cases the Supreme Court relied in its recent Baze decision.