Multimedia Archive: 1995 - 2004

Multimedia 1995 - 2004

Since 1990, the Death Penalty Information Center has monitored and collected media coverage of the death penalty. Below are featured video and audio selections from DPIC's archives of death penalty interviews on and coverage of a wide range of issues. In addition, DPIC offers its own original podcasts dedicated to educating listeners on the death penalty issue by issue.


The Documentary DEADLINE, which follows the decision of then Illinois Governor George Ryan to empty the state's death row in January 2003, will be shown during a special 2-hour Dateline on NBC, July 30, 2004. A feature presentation at the 2004 Sundance film festival, the documentary was praised by film critics, including Roger Ebert who noted that Deadline was "all the more effective because it is calm, factual and unsensational."
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The American Bar Association has prepared a video on their resolution calling for a moratorium on executions.

Year: 2003

(The Alliance for Justice)
George McFarland (still on death row in Texas) had a lawyer who slept through parts of his trial.

Year: 2003

The Empty Chair: Death Penalty Yes or No

A documentary film produced and directed by Jacqui Lofaro and Victor Teich that tells the stories of four families confronting the loss of loved ones and voicing different perspectives on the death penalty. The movie also features Sister Helen Prejean, an author and spiritual advisory to those condemned to die, and Donald Cabana (pictured), a former death row warden in Mississippi.

Year of release: 2003

Bill Cosby discusses the loss of his son with Larry King and the closure he found without the death penalty for the murderer. [More] (CNN, December 10, 2003)
Richard Dieter, DPIC's Executive Director, discusses the John Muhammad death sentence in Virginia with BBC-TV in London. (BBC, November 25, 2003)

This video highlights the need for death penalty reform and a moratorium on executions in New Jersey. The video, narrated by Susan Sarandon, features national death penalty experts discussing issues such as cost, the execution of those with mental illness, and the exoneration of innocent inmates.

Year: 2003

This Massachusetts Senator speaks on DPIC and the Death Penalty.

(July 16, 2002)


("CNN & Time," January 9, 2000)

In 1983, police convinced Earl Washington to make a statement concerning the rape and murder of a woman in Culpeper, VA, in 1982. The statements were used against him and in 1984 he was convicted and sentenced to death. Sixteen years later, DNA tests confirmed that Washington was innocent and he received an absolute pardon.

(CNBC, June 14, 1999)

Mario Marquez had the adaptive skills of a 7 year-old. His trial counsel testified at a clemency hearing that he did not present any evidence of Mario's mental retardation because of a legal flaw in the Texas death penalty statute. Marquez was executed on January 17, 1995.

(Nightline, ABC-TV, January 16, 1995)

AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY DEATH PENALTY PANEL A streaming video on the death penalty from the American Constitution Society's first National Conference August 1-3, 2003 in Washington, DC, featuring Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative.
PRESS CONFERENCE: SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS of TEXAS Senator Rodney Ellis' Press Conference on Texas Defender Service - Criminal Justice Issues. Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, Senator Rodney Ellis and others discuss the death penalty and the recently closed 78th Legislative Session in Texas. (June 17, 2003)
"PARENTS AT AN EXECUTION" Sound Portraits: "Parents at an Execution" - Listen to the mother of Texas death row inmate Delma Banks, and the parents of Richard Whitehead, the man Banks was convicted of killing, as they reflect on what it was like waiting as Texas prepared for Banks' execution, originally scheduled for March 12th, 2003. See for more information, including photographs of the parents, a message from Delma Banks to his mother, and information on Banks' appeal for a stay of execution. (March 11, 2003)
DEADLY DECISIONS: How do jurors decide who should live and who should die "Deadly Decisions" is a new documentary from American RadioWorks, airing on public radio stations around the nation and available on the Internet. The program, created by independent producer and veteran journalist Alan Berlow, explores cases where death sentences were handed down, even though jurors were confused or racially biased. In recent years, a sizable number of former jurors in capital cases have stepped forward to assert that they did not fully understand their responsibilities. Others have said they were confused by the instructions given to them by a judge or failed to understand basic concepts such as mitigation. In a handful of prominent cases, jurors have acknowledged sentencing defendants to death as an "insurance policy" because they were unaware that life without parole was an alternative. (August 2002)
The DIANE REHM SHOW: Panel Discussion on a Moratorium on Executions in Maryland This program featured panelists John McAdams of Marquette University and Richard Dieter of DPIC discussing the moratorium on executions in Maryland and what studies show about capital punishment in the U.S. (Program aired on May 12, 2002)
The DIANE REHM SHOW: A Discussion with Richard Dieter, Andrew Kohut and Joshua Marquis This program featured panelists Andrew Kohut of the Pew Center for the People and the Press, Joshua Marquis of the National District Attorneys Association, and Richard Dieter of DPIC. (Program aired on May 16, 2001)
EXECUTION TAPES of the Georgia Dept. of Corrections "Execution Tapes" recorded by the Georgia Department of Corrections, which narrate the executions of 22 inmates in the electric chair. (2001)
MARKETPLACE: Examining the Death Penalty John Dimsdale interviews Diann Rust-Tierney of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project and Richard Dieter of DPIC about the decline in public support for the death penalty. The audio clip also reports on the high cost of the death penalty, DNA testing, and the Innocence Protection Act. (NOTE: Forward ahead 10 minutes 30 seconds into the show for the death penalty segment.) (Program aired on June 8, 2001)
NPR: MORNING EDITION: A Discussion on Recent Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings NPR's Morning Edition features a discussion about the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the competent counsel provision of the Innocence Protection Act. The audio clip features testimony from former Oklahoma City bombing prosecutor Beth Wilkinson; Stephen Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights; Senator Orrin Hatch, ranking Judiciary Committee Member; and Michael Graham, a wrongly convicted man who spent 14 years on Louisiana's death row before being exonerated. (Program aired on June 28, 2001)
PUBLIC INTEREST: Interview with Kirk Bloodsworth Public Interest, with host Kojo Nnamdi, features an interview with Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. Bloodsworth joins a panel of experts to discuss the role DNA technology should play in death row appeals. Panelists include: Brooke Masters, Washington Post Reporter; Gary Bair, Chief of the Criminal Appeals Division, Office of the Maryland Attorney General; Delegate James Almand, Virginia House of Representatives (D-47); and Richard Dieter, Executive Director of DPIC. (Program aired on December 12, 2000)
Witness to an Execution This program, narrated by a former warden of "The Walls," in Huntsville, Texas, includes former "Tie-Down" team member Fred Allen discussing the trauma he experienced stemming from his involvement in over 150 executions in Texas. The entire program is available at (October 20, 2000)