Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ex-prosecutor Apologizes to Exonerated Man He Put on Death Row

In a letter of stunning candor that should give pause to proponents of the death penalty, former Caddo Parish prosecutor A.M. “Marty” Stroud III responded to a Shreveport Times editorial calling on the state of Louisiana to stop fighting Glenn Ford’s efforts to collect the $330,000 compensation package he is owed for serving more than 30 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.   Continue reading: Reason.com

Five Death Penalty Cases Tainted by Racism

by Marc Bookman, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation

. . . In 2000, Johnny Bennett, a black man, was sentenced to death in South Carolina for stabbing and killing a friend. . . . Myers himself referred to Bennett as “King Kong” and a “beast of burden,” and elicited from another witness that Bennett’s prior girlfriend had been “a blond lady”—a not-so-subtle reminder to the all-white jury that the defendant had dated a white woman. . . .   Continue reading: Mother Jones

Prominent Latino Evangelical Group Joins Effort to Repeal Death Penalty

In a groundbreaking move, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) on Friday became the 1st national association of Evangelical congregations to join the effort to repeal the death penalty.
Speaking at a press conference in Orlando, FL, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of NaLEC, stated, “We are here on this historic moment to announce publicly that we and our partners around the country are taking a public stance against the death penalty; we are calling for the abolition of the death penalty.”
Click here for a video of Rev. Salguero’s speech (scroll down), or   Continue reading

Kudos!

Drugmakerletter

 

Thanks to the Anniston Star for publishing this letter from a drug maker that is indeed committed to “promoting human health.” (Click on the letter for a larger pdf version.)

SC lawmakers advance bill to shield execution-drug sellers

The identities of drug companies that supply execution drugs to South Carolina would become secret under legislation approved Tuesday by a panel of state lawmakers.
Read the article at The State

NOTE: there are actually two bills, one in the senate and a companion bill in the house. This will speed up the process of having it become law, since both can work their way up simultaneously and then be combined by a conference committee. Full text of each bill (will be updated soon after there is action on a bill):  S. 553   and H. 3853

Please contact your state senator as soon as you can and ask him/her to vote against S.553, and please ask your state representative to vote against H.3853.  Click here for your legislators’ contact info. If you’d like talking points, email anna(at)charlestonpeace.net

Backup copy of the State article on this site: Continue reading

Scalia’s Embarrassing Question

Innocence is not enough to get you out of prison.
By Lara Bazelon    MARCH 11 2015 9:37 AM

. . .  The most conservative estimate is that there are somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 innocent people locked up in the United States today. How many more Troy Davis cases will the Supreme Court tolerate before it does what is so obviously the right thing? If the execution of an innocent person isn’t cruel and unusual punishment, what is?

Read the article: Slate.com  —  Backup copy on this site: Continue reading