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
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
The January 25 post on the Supreme Court’s pending review of the drug protocol used in executions has been updated with links to new articles.
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
. . . The proposal may be considered again. Republican Sen. Mike Fair from Greenville is trying to get it passed as part of the budget, and a similar bill has been introduced in the House.
Please read the article at the Charleston Post and Courier
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.)
In a major turn in one of the country’s most-noted death penalty cases, the State Bar of Texas has filed a formal accusation of misconduct against the county prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham, a Texas man executed in 2004 for the arson murder of his three young daughters. Continue reading: The Marshall Project
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
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?