Excerpt: “The share of women who favor the death penalty has fallen 10 points since 2011, while men’s views have shown virtually no change. Men are now 15 points more likely than women to favor the death penalty (64% vs. 49%).”
Click here for the April 18 Pew Research Center article (including a link to the full report.)
Resources and information on innocence and the death penalty from the Death Penalty Information Center
Most death row exonerations can be traced to prosecutor misconduct. Why aren’t higher courts interested?
Continue reading: The Daily Beast
. . . “I shouldn’t have sat on death row 30 years,” Hinton said after his release Friday. “All they had to do was test the gun. But when you think you are high and mighty and you’re above the law, you don’t have to answer to nobody.”
Read the article at al.com
Executions are essentially on hold in South Carolina because the state can’t obtain two of the three drugs it needs to administer lethal injections.
Continue reading: Free Times
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
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
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