Entries tagged with “Rocky Myers

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Innocence

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Intellectual Disability

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Representation

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Religion

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Jan 19, 2017

Alabama Faith Leaders Hold Panel on Death Penalty, Spotlight Rocky’ Myers’ Case of Possible Innocence

Inspired by the case of Robin Rocky” Myers (pic­tured), an intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled and pos­si­bly inno­cent Alabama death row pris­on­er whom an elect­ed state judge sen­tenced to death despite a 9 – 3 jury rec­om­men­da­tion for life, a pan­el of faith lead­ers gath­ered in Montgomery, Alabama to dis­cuss reli­gious views on the death penal­ty and the inter­sec­tion of faith and jus­tice. Before the dis­cus­sion began, the faith lead­ers and the audi­ence viewed a screen­ing of a new doc­u­men­tary on Myers’ case describ­ing why his lawyers believe he is inno­cent. The doc­u­men­tary explained that…

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Innocence

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Intellectual Disability

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Race

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Mar 22, 2019

Despite Possible Innocence and Intellectual Disability, Alabama Intends to Execute Rocky Myers

Rocky Myers (pic­tured) may be inno­cent and intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled. His jury did not think he should be sen­tenced to die. Alabama intends to exe­cute him any­way. Myers’ case is rife with legal issues, but he received no fed­er­al court review because his appel­late lawyer aban­doned him with­out notice, let­ting the fil­ing dead­line for chal­leng­ing Myers’ con­vic­tion and death sen­tence expire. In a recent fea­ture sto­ry in The Nation, reporter Ashoka Mukpo tells the sto­ry of how the intel­lec­tu­al­ly-dis­abled Myers was con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death for the 1991 mur­der of…