Amnesty International Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2014

An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.                                                                   Continue reading: Amnesty International

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.”
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