Film: Innocent on Death Row
Juan Melendez is a member of the Board of Directors of NCADP and a tireless activist working to end the death penalty. He spent seventeen years, eight months and a day on Florida’s Death Row for a murder he did not commit. He was exonerated in January 2002, when the real killer was found. If you would like to show the 47 minute video about Juan’s ordeal, please contact us at info(at)sc-abolish.org or 843-312-9741. Please also contact us if you would like someone to talk to your group or class about the death penalty and what you can do to end it in South Carolina.
Edward Lee Elmore Off Death Row
According to newspaper reports, Edward Elmore’s death sentence has been commuted to life in prison. Mr. Elmore has been on Death Row since 1982 for the murder of Dorothy Edwards and will not be executed because he has been found to be mentally retarded.
While this is good news, Mr. Elmore has a serious claim to innocence and very possibly should never have been imprisoned. Read about his case:
Cornell University Law School (scroll down)
Stay of Execution for Quincy Allen
The South Carolina Supreme Court has granted Quincy Jovan Allen a stay of execution, so that his attorneys can file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. Their concern is that in South Carolina inmates who plead guilty lose their constitutional right to a jury trial and are sentenced by judges. Mr. Allen is not expected to be given another execution date before March 16.
Thomas Ivey Killed by South Carolina
On May 8, 2009, in revenge for the murder of police officer Thomas Harrison, the State of South Carolina carried out the legally sanctioned premeditated killing of Thomas Ivey.
On May 7, a vigil for everyone afffected by the death of Thomas Harrison and the impending death of Thomas Ivey was held at Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Chapel, followed by a candle light vigil at the Governor’s mansion, asking for commutation of the death sentence to life. On the day of the execution protesters gathered in front of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Administration building on Broad River Road.
This has been an ongoing effort for more than 20 years to ask the state “Do not Kill In Our Name.” It will continue until the death penalty is abolished in our state.
Execution May 8, 2009
The execution of Thomas Ivey by the State of South Carolina is scheduled for Friday, May 8.
A peaceful Anti Death Penalty Protest is scheduled to start between 4 PM and 5 PM on 8 May in front of the Department of Corrections administration building at 4444 Broad River Road. The execution is scheduled for 6 PM.
Signs will be available after 4 PM.
A silent vigil is scheduled for Thursday evening, 7 May, from 7 PM to 8 PM at Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Chapel (behind the main building), 1610 Greene Street, Columbia, SC. This vigil is open to all sides and healing prayers or thoughts are for family and friends from both sides.
A candle light protest at the Governor’s mansion is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM Thursday evening 7 May. Anyone is welcome to participate, although there has never been a commutation of a death sentence by our governor.
Directions for those who are coming in from out of town:
Vigil for forgiveness and peace – I-126 to Huger St – left onto Blossom St. – left onto Pickens St. – right onto Greene St. — (St. Thomas Moore Student Center on right).
Protest at Governor’s mansion
Take I-126 into town onto Elmwood turn right onto Lincoln Street go 2 blocks to Governor’s mansion.
Friday: Directions from the interstates in Columbia, SC
I-20 West will come off at Exit 65 and turn right to the Department of Corrections (SCDC) on 4444 Broad River Road.
I-20 East will also take Exit 65 but will turn left onto Broad River Road to SCDC.
I-26 East take the Piney Grove Exit 104 turn left across bridge and continue until you come to the end then turn right go 1 or 2 blocks.
I-26 West take Piney Grove Exit 104 turn right at light and continue until you come to the end then turn right go 1 or 2 blocks.
Parking has been previously allowed at the Mexican Restaurant. But please be considerate as they have limited customer parking. They have excellent food as some of us can vouch.
Also the Waffle House, one block away, has parking available with permission. Good place to take a break and get a beverage if necessary.
Sponsored By: South Carolinians Abolishing the Death Penalty http://www.iffonlys.com , http://www.ncadp.org
The state of South Carolina carried out the sanctioned murder of Luke Williams, III on the 20th of February 2009 in accordance with South Carolina laws.
On the evening before the state execution, some of those who are involved with abolishing the death penalty attended a peaceful vigil for family and friends of both murdered and accused, asking for healing of those left behind.
A candle light vigil at the Governor’s mansion followed, asking for commutation of the death sentence to life. On the day of the execution protesters gathered in front of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Administration building on Broad River Road.
This has been an ongoing effort for more than 20 years to ask the state “Do not Kill In Our Name.” It will continue until the Death Penalty is abolished in our state.