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David Cook David Cook Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse /Times Free Press. If You Go What: Criminal justice speaker series featuring Ray Krone and panel Where: Chattanooga State's Center for Advanced Technology When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. View other columns by David Cook Need a reason to be against the death penalty? How about a dozen? 1. It's not reliable. Since 1973, a long line of death row inmates have been exonerated, their innocence discovered years after their capital trial, meaning that what needs to be our purest, most trusted system of justice is our most flawed: We have imprisoned innocent people and, more than likely, executed them, as well. Last year, the 156th inmate was set free. "And those are just the ones we know about," Ray Krone told the Times Free Press. In 2002, Krone became the 100th exoneree. Sentenced to die in Arizona for a crime he didn't commit, Krone was later released after DNA evidence proved his innocence. He now lives in Tennessee. With Sister Helen Prejean, Krone co-founded Witness to Innocence. 2. The death penalty is applied in unconstitutional ways. Instead of being used in a majority of American courtrooms, death penalty sentencing only happens ...

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