Entries tagged with “Richard Branson

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Mar 22, 2021

Business Executives Launch Campaign Against the Death Penalty

A group of busi­ness lead­ers have launched a cam­paign call­ing for an end to cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson (pic­tured) announced the ini­tia­tive at the vir­tu­al South By Southwest fes­ti­val on March 18, 2021, say­ing, The death penal­ty is bro­ken beyond repair and plain­ly fails to deliv­er jus­tice by every rea­son­able mea­sure. It is marred by cru­el­ty, waste, inef­fec­tive­ness, dis­crim­i­na­tion and an unac­cept­able risk of error. … By speak­ing out at this cru­cial moment, busi­ness lead­ers have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to help end this inhu­mane and flawed practice.”

Policy Issues



May 25, 2023

Former U.S. Attorneys, Prominent Business Leaders, Write Op-Eds in Support of Richard Glossip

Former fed­er­al Oklahoma pros­e­cu­tors Patrick Ryan and Daniel Webber co-authored an edi­to­r­i­al in The Oklahoman on May 17, 2023 express­ing seri­ous con­cerns about Richard Glossip’s con­vic­tion and death sen­tence. The writ­ers not­ed that a prosecutor’s duty is not to win a case, but to ensure jus­tice is done,” and con­clud­ed that the state did not fol­low these fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples in obtain­ing Richard Glossip’s 1998 and 2004 con­vic­tions and death sen­tences.” The for­mer pros­e­cu­tors col­lec­tive­ly served Oklahoma between 1995 – 2001, and Mr. Ryan pros­e­cut­ed and sought the death penal­ty for Timothy McVeigh and…