Blacks Still Being Blocked From Juries in the South, Study Finds PDF Print E-mail
By Shaila Dewan

In late April in a courthouse in Madison County, Ala., a prosecutor was asked to explain why he had struck 11 of 14 black potential jurors in a capital murder case.

The district attorney, Robert Broussard, said one had seemed “arrogant” and “pretty vocal.” In another woman, he said he “detected hostility.”
Time: In Death-Penalty Cases, Innocence Has to Matter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May. 25, 2010, By Adam Cohen

Hank Skinner, who is on death row in Texas, had a simple request. Before the state took his life, he wanted to test DNA evidence from the crime scene that could prove he was wrongly convicted. Texas prosecutors, whose love for the death penalty is legendary, refused.

Skinner then sued, claiming that federal civil rights laws gave him a constitutional right to do the testing. A federal appeals court ruled against him.
Reception Honoring Sen. Floyd McKissick, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Let's celebrate! NC State Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. of Durham was a champion of the NC Racial Justice Act in the NC Senate. NC Gov. Bev Perdue signed the act into law in August 2009.

Join People of Faith Against the Death Penalty at a reception celebrating the efforts of this legislative leader who ensured passage of this model legislation.
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