Bar Association committee to review Missouri death penalty

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 8:26 a.m. CDT; updated 9:57 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 27, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY— The American Bar Association is launching a review of the way the death penalty is administered in Missouri.

A special Bar Association committee plans to analyze a dozen aspects of Missouri's death penalty process including the handling of DNA evidence, police interrogation procedures, prosecutor and defense services and court appeals.

The eight-member panel is co-chaired by law professors Stephen Thaman of Saint Louis University and Paul Litton of MU.

Litton said similar death penalty studies have been conducted in eight states. He said committees in five of those states recommended a temporary moratorium on the death penalty.

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