Entries tagged with “Miscellaneous

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Feb 23, 2007

BOOKS: Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist”

In his new auto­bi­og­ra­phy, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist,” Mike Farrell pro­vides inti­mate accounts of his life as a tele­vi­sion sit­com star and as a human rights activist. Farrell explains how his work on the tele­vi­sion progra…

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Sentencing Data

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Executions Overview

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Jan 27, 2016

Missouri Likely to See Change After Historic High in Executions

A decline in exe­cu­tions is like­ly in Missouri after two years of unusu­al­ly high num­bers. In 2014, Missouri tied with Texas for the most exe­cu­tions in the U.S., and it was sec­ond to Texas in 2015. However, chang­ing atti­tudes about …

Policy Issues

Mental Illness

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Jun 15, 2017

NEW VOICES: A Psychologist — a War Veteran with Schizophrenia — Urges Adoption of a Death Penalty Exemption for Severe Mental Illness

In a recent com­men­tary arti­cle in Medium, psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Frederick J. Frese, III (pic­tured) — a Marine Corps vet­er­an who has him­self been diag­nosed with para­noid schiz­o­phre­nia — argues that Congress and state leg­is­la­tures should pass laws e…

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Jun 16, 2008

NEW VOICES: Another Texas Death Penalty Official Has Second Thoughts

Larry Fitzgerald served as the offi­cial spokesman for Texas exe­cu­tions for eight years. He rep­re­sent­ed the state through 219 lethal injec­tions. Retired in August 2003, Fitzgerald left with what he refers to as a,…

Oct 21, 2004

NEW VOICES: California Bar Association Urges Death Penalty Moratorium

A group of 450 attor­neys par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Conference of Delegates of the California Bar Association has urged a mora­to­ri­um on the death penal­ty in California until the state reviews whether cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment laws are enforced fair­ly and unifo…

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May 18, 2017

NEW VOICES: Cosmetics Company Launches Death Penalty Documentary, Abolition Campaign

Lush Cosmetics announced on May 15 it has launched a com­mer­cial effort to raise aware­ness about cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment and sup­port the abo­li­tion of the death penal­ty. The com­pa­ny’s Death ≠ Justice” cam­paign includes the release of a short documentary…

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Jun 06, 2007

NEW VOICES: Florida League of Women Voters Calls for Halt to Executions

The League of Women Voters of Florida is urg­ing Governor Charlie Crist to con­tin­ue the mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions and to con­sid­er alter­na­tive sen­tences. In a let­ter from Florida League President Dianne Wheatley-Gilio…

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Innocence

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May 14, 2007

NEW VOICES: John Grisham on Capital Punishment

Acclaimed author John Grisham recent­ly told The Kansas City Star that the death penal­ty should be abol­ished for­ev­er” in the United States. I think the sys­tem is so bad­ly flawed that all exe­cu­tions should be stopped.… Let’s …

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Race

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Dec 15, 2016

NEW VOICES: Latinos Increasingly Vocal in Opposition to Death Penalty

Juan Cartagena (pic­tured), President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (for­mer­ly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund), says there is a grow­ing under­stand­ing” among Latinos in Florida and across the coun­try that the dea…

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Jun 20, 2006

New Voices: League of Women Voters Supports Abolition of the Death Penalty

The League of Women Voters of the United States has adopt­ed an offi­cial nation­al pol­i­cy call­ing for abo­li­tion of the death penal­ty. During the orga­ni­za­tion’s 47th bien­ni­al nation­al con­ven­tion in Minneapolis, del­e­gates adopt­ed pol­i­cy lan­guage stati…

Apr 12, 2004

NEW VOICES: Rosalynn Carter Calls for End to Juvenile Death Penalty

In a recent opin­ion piece pub­lished in The Miami Herald, for­mer First Lady Rosalynn Carter called on Florida and oth­er states that con­tin­ue to sen­tence juve­nile offend­ers to death to aban­don the prac­tice, not­ing that it vio­lates …

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Federal Death Penalty

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Mar 10, 2008

New Yorkers Showing Resistance to Federal Death Penalty

Since the fed­er­al death penal­ty was rein­stat­ed in 1988, the state of New York has been more reluc­tant to impose death sen­tences than oth­er states, accord­ing to the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project. New York federal …

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Mar 01, 2017

Ohio Jurors Report Emotional Toll of Serving on Capital Case

The costs of the death penal­ty are more than finan­cial, they are emo­tion­al; and these effects are felt not just by the par­ties to the tri­al and the fam­i­lies of vic­tims and defen­dants, but by the jurors as well. A recent report in the Akron Bea…

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Lethal Injection

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May 16, 2016

Pfizer Announces Restrictions to Keep States From Using Its Medicines in Executions

On May 13, the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­ny Pfizer announced that it would impose strict dis­tri­b­u­tion con­trols to block states from obtain­ing and using its med­i­cines in exe­cu­tions. In a state­ment, the com­pa­ny said, Pfizer makes its prod­ucts to enhance …

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Innocence

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Race

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Apr 25, 2018

Powerful New Documentaries Explore Death-Penalty Issues

Three pow­er­ful new doc­u­men­taries that explore the mod­ern death penal­ty in the United States are set to pre­miere this April. Oscar-win­ning actress Viola Davis and Julius Tennon are exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of The Last Defense, …

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Mental Illness

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Recent Legislative Activity

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Jan 05, 2018

Retired Lt. General: Exclude Mentally Ill Vets from the Death Penalty

Saying that the death penal­ty should be reserved for the worst of the worst in our soci­ety,’” retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General John Castellaw (pic­tured) has urged the Tennessee state leg­is­la­ture to adopt …

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Mar 28, 2016

Texas Capital Juror Regrets Vote to Sentence Defendant to Death

In an inter­view with The Marshall Project, Texas death penal­ty juror Sven Berger says he would not have vot­ed to sen­tence cap­i­tal defen­dant Paul Storey to death in 2008 had he known about Storey’s bor­der…

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Mar 30, 2006

The Impact of the Death Penalty on Jurors

During a recent pre­sen­ta­tion at Valparaiso University, Sister Helen Prejean (pic­tured) engaged in a dis­cus­sion with the school’s pas­tor, Rev. Joseph Cunningham. Responding to a remark that Prejean had made about defense attor­neys only need­ing to c…