Who cares about my thumb? PDF Print E-mail
September 21, 2012

Who cares about my thumb? Well, you know, I do.

I think my family does.

After my arrest at Troy Davis’ execution one year ago today, I could not feel my thumb for months.

It has never felt the same from the plastic handcuffs that were used on me.

It’s tingly.

As my friend Kurt Rosenberg and I approached the police outside the prison in Jackson, Ga., I said, “I am here to stop the execution of Troy Davis.”

Long story short, we spent the night in jail, charged with disorderly conduct. Actually, there was nothing disorderly about our conduct. We did seek to trespass and, in fact, I would have put my body between Troy Davis and his executioners.
Ineffective Counsel in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
September 19, 2012

The New York Times

Robert Wayne Holsey, on death row in Georgia for killing a police officer, is seeking a new sentencing hearing because he received ineffective counsel. He should get one. His own lawyer told a Georgia trial court reviewing the case that he “probably shouldn’t have been allowed to represent anybody” while he was ostensibly providing a defense.

The lawyer said that he drank a quart of vodka every night during the trial and that he was also preparing to defend himself against possible disbarment for stealing client funds. Not surprisingly, the trial court ordered a new sentencing hearing, saying that “no one can seriously believe that the petitioner received the constitutional guarantees of the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel.”
Urgent Call for Clemency in PA PDF Print E-mail
September 10, 2012

Terrance Williams is scheduled to be executed by the people of Pennsylvania on October 3, 2012 for his role in the murder of Amos Norwood.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are partnering to ask Pennsylvania religious leaders to endorse a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons appealing for clemency for Mr. Williams.

Time is of the essence. If you are a religious leader living in Pennsylvania, please support this call for clemency by endorsing the letter here, http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11581.
Join the Call in Missouri PDF Print E-mail
August 29, 2012

Lend your moral voice to repeal Missouri's death penalty.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are partnering to expand the support of Missouri's faith communities for repealing Missouri's death penalty. If you are a religious leader or a lay person of faith, please sign one of these new letters to Missouri's legislators and governor.

If you are a religious leader living in Missouri, please visit http://www.morepeal.org.

If you are a lay person of faith living in Missouri, please visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11438.
Michael Keenan freed, murder charge from 24 years ago dismissed by Cuyahoga County judge (Ohio) PDF Print E-mail
September 6, 2012

By Peter Krouse
The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --  A Cuyahoga County judge this morning dismissed a 24-year-old murder charge against Michael Keenan, who had spent about two decades on death row with co-defendant Joe D'Ambrosio.

The decision was a dramatic change of events from Wednesday, when it appeared that Keenan was prepared to plead to involuntary manslaughter charges in order to be released from prison right away.

Judge John Russo set bond at $5,000 today, essentially allowing Keenan to be freed immediately.
End death penalty for dollars and sense PDF Print E-mail
August 14, 2012

By Gil Garcetti

My office sought the death penalty in dozens of cases when I was the Los Angeles County district attorney for eight years, and chief deputy district attorney for four. The cases had horrific and compelling facts; I had no problem seeking death sentences. But though I never was squeamish, I now fully support Proposition 34 to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. Here's why.

California's death penalty is broken beyond repair, hideously expensive, and inevitably carries the risk of executing an innocent person. The hundreds of millions of dollars we throw away on this broken system would be much better spent on solving and preventing crime and investing in our kids' schools.
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