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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

All-white juries continue to sentence Black defendants to death — because the legal system allows it

Sarah Fenske, River City Journalism FundPublished November 22, 2022

This story was commissioned by the River City Journalism Fund as part of its series Shadow of Death, which considers St. Louis County’s use of the death penalty. No less than the great defense attorney Clarence Darrow believed that more than lawyers’...

Could DNA analysis exonerate death-row inmate Marcellus Williams

Sylvester Brown, Jr., River City Journalism FundPublished November 22, 2022

This story was commissioned by the River City Journalism Fund as part of its series Shadow of Death, which considers St. Louis County’s use of the death penalty. The Gospel of John tells of Jesus chastising a crowd intent on stoning a woman to death....

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Former Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce took a different road than Bob McCulloch

By LEYLA FERN KING, Special To The Jewish LightPublished November 8, 2022
Former Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce took a different road than Bob McCulloch
As St. Louis County prosecutor from 1991 to 2018, Bob McCulloch won death sentences against 23 people. 
Credit: Danny Wicentowski

Bob McCulloch’s long shadow

RYAN KRULL , Special To The Jewish LightPublished November 8, 2022

This story was commissioned by the River City Journalism Fund as the second chapter in its series Shadow of Death, which considers St. Louis County’s use of the death penalty. On the night of the 2018 Democratic primary election, St. Louis Prosecuting...

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