How Death-Qualified Juries Tilt Justice’s Scales
Susan Glaspell won her place in American history by demonstrating that sexual differences matter, that women could not protect themselves from abusive husbands unless they could sit on juries.
In 1928, a few months after the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti, Sara Rosenfeld Ehrmann, a thirty-three year old Brookline housewife and mother of two young children, accepted leadership of the Massachusetts Council Against the Death Penalty (MCADP).
The failure of grand juries in St. Louis County, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, to indict white police officers for the deaths of African-Americans Michael Brown and Eric Garner has prompted calls to abolish the grand jury.
In March, 1967, thirty-one-year-old Dorothy Sheridan, a single mother and a Christian Scientist, prayed that her five-year-old daughter Lisa would understand that God had created a sinless, illness-free spiritual world and thus be freed from the illusory grip of pneumonia.
Mary Baker Eddy was born in 1821 in Bow, New Hampshire, a small hardscrabble farming community. Fifty-four years later, she launched the wildly popular religion Christian Science when she published Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures.