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 […]

Filming Underway for Movie Adaptation of ‘Just Mercy’

Filming for the movie adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book, Just Mercy, began August 27, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. The film will feature Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) as Stevenson and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) as wrongfully convicted death-row prisoner Walter McMillian. Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, represented McMillian […]

Louisiana Death-Penalty Case Tainted by Judge’s Conflict of Interest Returns to U.S. Supreme Court

A Louisiana death-row prisoner is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of his conviction and death sentence a second time based upon allegations that the trial judge had an undisclosed conflict of interest. In his petition to review his conviction for a triple-murder involving the death of a New Orleans police officer, […]

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 

One Third of States with the Death Penalty Don’t Use It

Nearly one third of all states that still have a death penalty system have not used it in at least a decade. There are 31 states, plus the federal government and military that still allow the death penalty. Of the inactive states, New Hampshire has gone the longest without an execution with their last dating […]

Amnesty International Issues Report on the Death Penalty in Florida

A new report by Amnesty International says Florida‘s approach to redressing the nearly 400 unconstitutional non-unanimous death sentences imposed in the state has deepened its status as an outlier on death-penalty issues by “add[ing] an extra layer of arbitrariness to [the state’s] already discriminatory and error-prone capital justice system.” The report, released on August 23, […]

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 […]

New Neuroscience Research Suggests Age Limit for Death-Penalty Eligibility May be Too Low

When the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juvenile offenders in 2005 in Roper v. Simmons, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the Court acknowledged the inherent arbitrariness in selecting an age cutoff. “The qualities that distinguish juveniles from adults do not disappear when an individual turns 18,” he wrote. “However, a line must […]

Fox Commentator: Oklahoma “Frontier Justice” Has Produced “Wretched Record” of Wrongful Capital Convictions

Calling Oklahoma “the notorious home of ‘Hang ‘Em High’ executions,” conservative commentator and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin (pictured) has urged the state to adopt sytemic reforms to address its “wretched record on wrongful convictions.” Malkin says that despite 35 exonerations in the last 25 years—including 7 death-row exonerations—and a “reign of prosecutorial terror and […]