Executed Man May Be Cleared in New Inquiry

“Prompted by questions raised in a report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the prosecutor, Jennifer Joyce, hopes to decide once and for all whether Mr. Griffin was guilty or innocent – though she acknowledges that 25 years later it may be hard to do more than show the flaws in the earlier prosecution.

Still, should Ms. Joyce, the St. Louis circuit attorney, demonstrate Mr. Griffin was not the killer, as the report and even some members of the victim’s family contend, it would be the first proven execution of an innocent person, so far as death penalty advocates or opponents can recall.” (New York Times )

Get Out the Vote

Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election?: “A former senior intelligence official told me, “The election clock was running down, and people were panicking. The polls showed that the Shiites were going to run off with the store. The Administration had to do something. How?”

By then, the men in charge of the C.I.A. were “dying to help out, and make sure the election went the right way,” the recently retired C.I.A. official recalled. It was known inside the intelligence community, he added, that the Iranians and others were providing under-the-table assistance to various factions. The concern, he said, was that “the bad guys would win.”” — Seymour Hersh (The New Yorker)

Edge summer reading

Some of these are already on my summer list (since finishing Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, almost 3000 pages in what seemed like one sitting lasting many many months, I am hungry for any number of normal-sized books!) Like kottke, from whom this link came, I would have preferred recommendations by Edge personages rather than recommendations of their books, but I will settle. (It might be interesting to ask Edgers to critique one another’s books…) Add a comment below mentioning some of what is on your summer reading list if you like.