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McCleskey Symposium

INTERNATIONAL LEADERS AND DEATH PENALTY EXPERTS GATHER AT WORLD CONGRESS IN PARIS, FEBRUARY 1-3
EIGHT REPRIEVES GRANTED IN ONE WEEK
Eight executions in three states were stayed for various reasons between January 19 and the 26th. The governor of Ohio granted 3 stays to further study the possibility of clemency. One Texas execution was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court for review in relation

Lethal Injection

The Faces of Wrongful Conviction
Conference at UCLA
April 7-9, 2006


California indefinitely postponed the execution of Michael Morales because of questions about the lethal injection process. Morales had been scheduled for execution on February 21, but a federal judge ordered that the state protocols be changed in response to a legal challenge filed by Morales' attorneys. Judge Fogel ordered that the state provide better assurances that the process would not constitute cruel and unusual punishment by either providing an anesthesiologist to monitor the inmate's state of consciousness during the execution, or that the state use only barbiturates in carrying out the execution. The state elected to provide an anesthesiologist, but just before the execution, the doctors who had agreed to be part of the process backed out because they could not ethically participate in the execution.

"The Exonerated"

The Exonerated tells the true stories of 6 people wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death before being set free. It is told in their voices,  taken from interviews, court documents, and letters. It gives a unique insight into the sometimes fatal flaws of our criminal justice system and portrays the remarkable endurance of the human spirit.

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