This article is based on a study of all death row cases in Missouri as of September 2002. Serious structural problems with the administration of the death penalty in Missouri are identified. Some defendants defended themselves and effectively offered no defense. And some defendants were the victims of severe prosecutorial misconduct. Other defendants were merely accomplices, not those who killed. Most significantly, in a number of cases only circumstantial evidence was the basis of conviction, and in other cases new evidence has surfaced that casts considerable doubt on the conviction. All of this has led to a frustrating situation for defendants, their lawyers, and the judges of Missouri's Supreme Court. The author calls for a commission to study these problems.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Journal of the Missouri Bar|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|