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 […]

Montana Prosecutors Drop Death Penalty Against Mentally Ill Defendant

Lloyd Barrus (pictured) will not become the first person sentenced to death in Montana this century, after prosecutors dropped their pursuit of the death penalty for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy. In a motion filed July 19, 2018, Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson  wrote that, “after extensive analysis of the Defendant’s history of … […]

Help end the death penalty in New Hampshire!

By nearly a 2-1 margin, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty. Now the bill goes to Governor Chris Sununu, who has threatened to veto it. It is more important than ever to let the Governor know that the death penalty does not align with our conservative values and New […]

EDITORIAL: California Exoneration Shows Why Death Penalty Needs to End

The latest California death row exoneration shows why we need to end the death penalty  By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD APR 27, 2018 | 10:50 AM A Kern County Superior Court judge last week ordered that a 68-year-old former farmworker, Vicente Benavides Figueroa, be released from San Quentin’s death row after the local district attorney declared she would not retry […]

Amnesty International Report: Death Penalty Use Down Worldwide in 2017

Use of the death penalty declined worldwide in 2017, according to the Amnesty International’s annual global report on capital punishment. The human rights organization recorded 2,591 death sentences imposed in 53 countries in 2017, down 17% from the 3,117 death sentences it recorded from 55 countries in 2016. Executions also fell, with 23 nations carrying […]

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 […]