News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part I a
Ashcroft Forces Death Penalty on Prosecutors
PT. I a - HOME PAGE
PT. I a - CONTENTS
--- BUSH-HATERS?
GEORGE BUSH
--- No Mandate!
--- Basic Dishonesty
--- Documented Lies
------ And More Lies
------ on Education
------ on Small Bus.
------ On Medicare
--- Limited Worldview
--- Arrogance
--- Ignorance
--- Real Agendas
--- Anti-Choice Dogma
--- 20 Questions
THE RADICAL RIGHT
------ Relig. Oppos'n
--- John Ashcroft
--- Dick Cheney
--- Spreading AIDS
--- 10 Commandments
--- Far-Right Terrorists
WAR AGAINST WOMEN
--- Global Gag Rule
THE RADICAL RIGHT . . is ANTI-REPUBLICAN
........says a Republican
--- Conservative Revolt
CONSERVATIVE BIAS in the MEDIA
------ Fox Network
--- Liberals Fight Back
--- Now, Liberal Radio
------ Al F. vs. Rush L.
------ Timing Is Ripe
BUSH ADMINISTRAT'N
--- 50 Lies of Admin.
------ Pt. 1. Strategy
------ Pt. 2. Language
------ Pt. 3. Targets
------ Pt. 4. Programs
--- Inflexibility
--- Secretiveness
------ EPA and FDA
--- Orwellian Aspects
--- Demoniz'g Oppon'ts
--- Silencing Democrats
--- Corporate Influence
--- Not Protect'g Public
------ Few Regulations
--- Destroying Medicare
--- Attacking Unions
--- Bad Fiscal Policy
------ Deficit Lies
--- Looting the Future
--- Iraq Policies
------ "Fog Machine"
--- Radio Free Europe
--- Wilson Leak
------ Swept Under Rug
--- "Compassionate"??
BUSH ADMINISTRATION is ANTI- STATES' RIGHTS
--- Environment
--- Church vs. State
--- Gay Marriage
--- Predatory Lenders
BUSH ADMIN. vs. SCIENCE
DEPT. of AGRICULTURE
-- Mad Cow Disease
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
--- Illegally Influenced
FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION
--- Corruption in FDA
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
--- Anti States' Rights
------ Assisted Suicide
------ Death Penalty
--- Overriding Judges
-- Now, Secret Trials
FEDERAL BUREAU of INVESTIGATION
--- Surveillance
--- vs. Bush Opponents
BUSH AND THE COURTS
--- Judge Choice Crucial
------ Judicial Nominees
------ Republican Lies
--- Ashcroft Interferes
--- Expand DNA Dbase?
2004 CAMPAIGN
--- Financing Tricks
--- Corruption in Cong.
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In fact, what Ashcroft is doing is imposing Texas-style justice on the rest of us."          --Boston Phoenix editorial

New York Times Editorial, February 7, 2003

John Ashcroft's Death-Penalty Edicts

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Attorney General John Ashcroft has directed federal prosecutors in New York and Connecticut to seek the death penalty in a dozen cases in which they had recommended lesser sentences. Mr. Ashcroft's orders are a triumph of ideology over good prosecutorial practice. The Bush administration should reconsider them. ...     .   

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0F16F83F5F0C748CDDAB0894DB404482   

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The Boston Phoenix

Stopping government痴 culture of death
John Ashcroft痴 death-penalty crusade is misguided and immoral

Issue Date: September 26 - October 2, 2003

To read the complete article, click on-- http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/editorial/documents/03187166.asp

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ATTORNEY GENERAL John Ashcroft explains his decision to seek the death penalty even in cases in which federal prosecutors have recommended against it as an attempt to ensure that the federal death penalty is applied equally across the nation. In fact, what Ashcroft is doing is imposing Texas-style justice on the rest of us. ...

Copyright 2000-2004 Boston Phoenix Communications Group

FindLaw's Legal Commentary
 
The Attorney General Forces Federal Prosecutors to Break Promises:
 
Ashcroft's Pattern of Reneging on Cooperation Agreements, Especially with Minority Defendants

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003

To read the complete article, click on-- http://writ.news.findlaw.com/student/20030212_kreilkamp.html
 
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Two weeks ago, Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected a recommendation by federal prosecutors that the Department of Justice decline to seek the death penalty against defendant Jairo Zapata. The prosecutors, however, had already signed a deal with Zapata: If he provided information about his drug lord bosses, they would recommend that a judge not sentence him to death. Moreover, Zapata had already provided the information, thus putting himself in danger of reprisals. Yet thanks to Ashcroft, they were forced to break the deal. ...

Ashcroft Frequently Ignores Federal Prosecutors' Sentencing Requests

Here is something even more disturbing: In more than 90% of Ashcroft's recommendation rejections, the defendant has been a minority group member. Also troubling is evidence that Ashcroft's rejections are political, not based on the merits of the prosecution ....

Ashcroft's frequent rejections of prosecutors' recommendations are a disaster not just for justice, but also for public safety. ...

Why Even Strong Death Penalty Supporters Should Oppose This Policy

When I watch Ashcroft in action, I get the distinct feeling that he is acting in the interests of a truly radical - and pretty scary - minority. . .

Many death penalty supporters would respect the rights of prosecutors, who bear the burden of standing in front of the jury and saying "you should vote to have this defendant executed," to exercise their judgment as to when it is most appropriate. After all, the prosecutors are the ones closest to the case, and most knowledgeable about the particular defendant. ...


Jake Kreilkamp is a third-year student at New York University Law School. He previously worked, for PEN American Center, on freedom of expression campaigns for harassed and detained writers around the world.

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