Jurors reflect on sending an innocent man to death row for 30 years

“Some seemed relieved to finally talk through the trauma of the trial, though none would let us use their names. Many were ashamed of their role, afraid of what their neighbors would think. Some feared God’s wrath, and wondered if they would go to hell for McCollum’s wrongful conviction. Some shed tears at the mention […]

DID PROSECUTORS USE A ‘CHEAT SHEET’ TO STRIKE BLACK JURORS IN NORTH CAROLINA DEATH PENALTY CASE?

By Jacob Biba, The Appeal, Sep 04, 2018 A single training document uncovered in a prosecutor’s files could save Russell William Tucker’s life. On Dec. 8, 1994, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a 28-year-old African American man named Russell William Tucker walked out of a Super Kmart shopping center wearing a coat and a pair of boots […]

An Execution in Nebraska…

After a 40-year crusade, a state lawmaker succeeded in getting Nebraska to ban the death penalty in 2015. Why, then, did the state execute a prisoner this month? A Podcast from the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/podcasts/the-daily/nebraska-death-penalty-execution.html 

Questions surround what happened in 14 minutes witnesses were blocked from seeing Nebraska execution

by JoANNE YOUNG of Lincoln Journal Star Aug 19, 2018 Whether the execution of Carey Dean Moore in Nebraska with a unique set of drugs went smoothly or not has been left to speculation, not only in the state but around the country — subject to the spin of opponents and supporters alike. Members of the media […]

Join the Montana Abolition Coalition staff!

We’re hiring for a Coalition Coordinator! The Coalition Coordinator (“Coordinator”) is a part time position from July 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Monthly compensation is $2,300-$2,500, commensurate with experience. Health benefits are also offered. The Coalition will also consider applications from those wishing to work as an independent contractor. The Coordinator is supervised by […]

The Psychological Burden of the Death Penalty

Mock executions at Riverbend shed light on the weight of state killings By Steven Hale, Nashville Scene Several years ago, in the middle of the Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter, an execution team strapped Jeannie Alexander onto a gurney at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Alexander was then the head chaplain at […]

Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes death sentence of man convicted of killing woman during robbery

By the Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday spared a condemned killer who was set to die April 11 for fatally shooting a woman more than three decades ago during a robbery after questions were raised about discrepancies in the case and the fairness of the trial. The Republican governor’s release […]

Death penalty repeal appears poised to pass New Hampshire state Senate

By Adam Sexton, Political Director, WMUR CONCORD, N.H. — A repeal of New Hampshire’s death penalty is poised to pass the state Senate for the first time in almost 20 years, but there are concerns that the bill could overturn the capital sentence of the state’s only death row inmate. Thirteen state senators have signed on to a […]

Texas governor spares inmate from execution after a father’s pleas

By Meagan Flynn, Washington Post Thomas “Bart” Whitaker had already eaten his last meal. It was about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, roughly a half-hour before his scheduled execution in a Texas prison. He was supposed to be strapped to a gurney soon. Whitaker had been sentenced to death for orchestrating the ambush-style murders of his family in 2003 as they returned […]

America Had Fewer Executions In 2017 Than In 23 Of The Last 25 Years

Why Execution Numbers Continue To Fall Off A Cliff Midday on Tuesday, November 28, the Texas Court of Criminal appeals stayedthe execution of Juan Castillo, who was convicted and sentenced to death as the trigger-man in a 2003 robbery-murder on a San Antonio lovers’ lane. At Castillo’s trial, another inmate testified that Castillo had confessed his role […]