Sally Mauk: Execution opponents hold out hope to halt digging

Via the Missoulian: Montana has had three executions since 1943. I covered the first one – Duncan McKenzie in 1995. If I were a reporter in Texas, where 24 people were put to death just last year, I likely would have covered many more. I’m glad I’m not a reporter in Texas. Marietta Jaeger Lane […]

Death penalty system discussed

Via the Lake County Leader: PABLO — Carolyn Madplume knows a thing or two about death. Her 20-year-old daughter, Catherine, was killed in Feb. 2005 when three men robbed and killed her boyfriend, an act of violence south of Ronan that shocked the community. The killers take? $193. All three men were convicted for their […]

Montana’s death penalty satisfies nothing

As a victim of violent crime, I am committed to the abolition of the death penalty. In 1973, my 78-year-old father was murdered in a foiled robbery attempt. He was sitting in his car in a grocery store parking lot reading his evening newspaper when he was shot and left for dead in the front […]

Speakers Tell Their Stories Concerning Capital Punishment

Via KECI: MISSOULA, Mont. — People in several Montana cities are weighing the pros and cons of the death penalty. The Abolition Coalition is presenting forums in Missoula, Corvallis and Arlee this week to foster discussion on capital punishment.Speakers have firsthand experience with the death penalty. Tonight at the University of Montana, Terri Steinberg presented the story […]

Speakers to share true stories of death penalty in U.S.

Via the Missoulian: “Beyond Repair,” true stories of the death penalty, will be presented locally. Speakers with firsthand experience of America’s criminal justice system share their powerful stories in a series of community events across Montana. The purpose of the event is to foster discussion about the death penalty as well as educate the public […]

Anti-Death Penalty Speakers to Share Their Personal Stories Across Montana

Via KFBB: On April 9th, 2002, Ray Krone became the 100th person in the United States to be exonerated from death row, after DNA evidence proved he was being held for a crime he did not commit.He is just one speaker that will be sharing his story in a series of events across the state. […]

Released from Death Row

Via KULR: Billings – As of October 2010, 138 people are living free after wrongly spending time on death row. Ray Krone stopped in Billings to speak out against the death penalty. Krone was charged, convicted and sentenced to death for a murder in a Phoenix bar nearly 20 years ago. Ten years after being […]

Jimmy Ray Bromgard: Eight Years Free

Via The Innocence Project: This week marks the eighth anniversary of Jimmy Ray Bromgard’s exoneration in Montana. Convicted at just 18 years old, he spent nearly 15 years in prison before DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project set him free. A major cause of Bromgard’s wrongful conviction — and the second-most-common cause of wrongful […]