‘Innocent’ on death row: La. Supreme Court justices have harsh words for state

La. Supreme Ct Chief Justice Bernette Johnson Photo credit: La. Supreme Ct
La. Supreme Ct Chief Justice Bernette Johnson Photo credit: La. Supreme Ct

The justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rodricus Crawford’s appeal of the death sentence he was given in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, the nation’s death penalty capital. Below are a collection of live tweets that suggest the justices have concerns regarding this case, as well.

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State of Louisiana vs. Rodricus Crawford has received national media attention in large part because the evidence presented did not support the state’s claim: that Crawford, without motive, smothered his 1-year-old son with his hand, went back to bed, and woke screaming the next morning that the baby was dead.

Other problems with the case include a dispute over the state’s pathology report, which nine experts have discredited. Most troubling was the prosecutor’s suggestion to the jury that Jesus Christ required them to give Crawford the death penalty.

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