Questioning Justice in the Face of Death: ‘The State of Texas vs. Melissa’

The documentary focuses on the case of Melissa Lucio, a woman convicted for the 2007 death of her two-year-old daughter Mariah. As of 2021, Melissa has been on death row for 13 years. Melissa suffered immense trauma in her life, including sexual assault beginning at age six. Melissa married at just 16 years old; she said in the film she wanted “to escape” her childhood. 

Experts Debate the Death Penalty

The use of capital punishment in the criminal justice system is severely flawed, because it can be difficult to fairly discern who deserves the death penalty, argued Denny LeBoeuf, the current director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s John Adams Project.

DAVIES | The Case Against the Death Penalty

Richard Glossip was scheduled to die at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2015. After that hour passed without event, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a stay of execution, delaying Glossip’s execution until the Nov. 6. For the fourth time since October 2014, the state of Oklahoma stayed Richard Glossip’s execution.