Please read Leonard Pitts’ letter to the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, regarding Henry Lee McCollum, whose case Justice Scalia used to justify his support of the death penalty and who was later found innocent by DNA evidence and has now been pardoned by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.
Glenn Ford spent nearly three decades on Angola’s death row for a murder he did not commit. He battled a terminal cancer diagnosis that, according to his federal lawsuit, went needlessly untreated by prison staff. And he challenged the state of Louisiana over its denial of wrongful conviction and imprisonment compensation.
Continue reading: NOLA (The Times-Picayune)
Resources and information on innocence and the death penalty from the Death Penalty Information Center
. . . “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.”
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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
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
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?
CORSICANA, Tex. — More than a decade after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson murder of his three young daughters, new evidence has emerged that indicates that a key prosecution witness testified in return for a secret promise to have his own criminal sentence reduced. Continue reading: The Marshall Project
I’m the reason [the] death penalty should be outlawed—-I was the 100th person to be exonerated and released after being sentenced to death. Can we doubt there are more of us? Continue reading
From the University of Michigan’s report Exonerations in 2014:
Six defendants who had been sentenced to death were exonerated in 2014, the most since 2009: three in Ohio, two in North Carolina and one in Louisiana. Each had been imprisoned for 30 years or more, and two – Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman in Ohio – spent more than 39 years in prison, the longest terms of incarceration for any known exonerees in the United States.