Deep Cuts: In Georgia, Not Enough Money for Executions

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A case brought to the Georgia Supreme Court this Tuesday might decide whether Georgia can afford to levy the death penalty any more. Jamie Weis has been sitting in jail for four years waiting for a trial because the state can’t afford to give him adequate representation or his Sixth Amendment-guaranteed right to a "speedy and public trial." Yesterday, Jamie presented a pre-trial appeal — drop his charges, or at least the possibility of the death penalty. 

To find out more we spoke with Emily Green, a reporter covering the justice system for Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Robert McGlasson, an attorney at law who represented a previous death-penalty defendant in one of the most expensive cases in Georgia history. (You can read other stories in our "Deep Cuts" series on states' budget shortfalls.)

Guests:

Emily Green and Robert McGlasson

Contributors:

Shubha Bala

Comments [2]

A Georgian

You're last words on your post we're, "the whole story." Maybe you should practice what you type. You don't know the "whole story", noone does but him, her, and the Lord.

Dec. 02 2009 02:14 AM
Charles

"It's like Gitmo!" With that uttereance, John Hockenberry placed his journalist's seal of approval on this bit of propaganda.

No mention, whatsoever, of the prosecution's side of this story, as outlined in this brief:

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/StateBriefWeisGA.pdf

And no mention of Catherine King. Who was Catherine King? Well, she was the innocent woman who apparently interrupted a burglary in her own home; she was beaten, and then shot, execution-style. The Takeaway never mentioned her. A Google search of Georgia Public Radio's reporting scarcely ever mentions her.

Thanks, Takeaway! Just givin' us the info we need, with any extraneous clutter. Like, uh, the whole story.

Nov. 12 2009 12:44 PM

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