Entries tagged with “Victims

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Mar 03, 2006

Death Penalty Not Sought in Three High-Profile Cases

Prosecutors in Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware have all cho­sen to seek life sen­tences in three high-pro­file mur­der cas­es. Among oth­er con­cerns, they not­ed their wish to bring com­fort to vic­tims’ fam­i­lies and to secure the public’s longterm safe…

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Dec 21, 2006

Death Penalty Will Not Be Sought for Killing at Jewish Federation

Following an announce­ment that pros­e­cu­tors would not seek the death penal­ty for Naveed Haq, who is accused of killing one woman and wound­ing five oth­ers at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, two of Haq’s vic­tims said they sup­port­ed the deci…

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Jan 10, 2018

Murder Victims’ Family Members Speak of Moving Forward, Without the Death Penalty 

Family mem­bers of mur­der vic­tims share no sin­gle, uni­form response to the death penal­ty, but two recent pub­li­ca­tions illus­trate that a grow­ing num­ber of these fam­i­lies are now advo­cat­ing against cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. In From Death Into Life…

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Jan 24, 2007

NEW RESOURCES: Living With the Death Penalty”

Living With the Death Penalty” is a new book that exam­ines the impact of exe­cu­tions on cor­rec­tion­al offi­cers, offend­ers, chap­lains, attor­neys, and vic­tims’ fam­i­ly mem­bers. In this book, author Courtney Vaughn, a rape vic­tim and …

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Nov 07, 2006

NEW VOICES: Death penal­ty isn’t the jus­tice I seek”

Bonita Spikes’ hus­band was mur­dered 12 years ago. She now works to end the death penal­ty in Maryland. She recent­ly wrote about her per­spec­tive on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the Baltimore Sun. She stat­ed, in part: I know that my la…

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Feb 25, 2008

NEW VOICES: Faith in Texas Criminal Justice System Shaken after Exonerations

Two recent arti­cles in the Dallas Morning News detail the lives of those affect­ed by the wrong­ful impris­on­ment of Christopher Ochoa and Richard Danziger in Texas. For some, their faith in the crim­i­nal jus­tice syst…

Aug 10, 2004

NEW VOICES: Maryland Families Urge Prosecutor to End Death Penalty Bid

Expressing their desire to end emo­tion­al­ly strain­ing court pro­ceed­ings, the fam­i­lies of Maryland mur­der vic­tims Betina Kristi” Gentry and Cynthia V. Allen recent­ly urged Anne Arundel County’s top pros­e­cu­tor to end his 3rd attempt to get a death s…

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Feb 22, 2008

NEW VOICES: Mother of Murder Victim Testifies at California Death Penalty Hearing

At a hear­ing of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice held in Los Angeles, the moth­er of a mur­der vic­tim tes­ti­fied about why she believed the death penal­ty does not serve vic­tims’ needs. Aba Gayle’s daugh…

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Federal Death Penalty

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Apr 10, 2006

NEW VOICES: Mother of September 11 Victim Opposes Death Penalty for Moussaoui

Alice Hoagland’s son, Mark Bingham (pic­tured), was killed on September 11 as he joined with fel­low United Airlines pas­sen­gers to ground a plane that may have been head­ed toward the White House. Hoagland is urg­ing a life sen­tence for Zacarias Mouss…

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Mar 13, 2008

NEW VOICES: Murder Victims’ Families Testify in Maryland on the Death Penalty

Family mem­bers of mur­der vic­tims tes­ti­fied before the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6 about the painful toll the death penal­ty has tak­en on their lives, stat­ing that the resources spent on seek­ing death sen­tences could be bet­ter use…

Feb 09, 2004

NEW VOICES: Victim’s Family Requests Life Sentence For Death Row Inmate

After con­sult­ing with the fam­i­ly of the mur­der vic­tim, Maryland pros­e­cu­tors decid­ed not to seek the death penal­ty against Kenneth Collins dur­ing a recent resen­tenc­ing hear­ing. Collins’ death sen­tence was over­turned because of an inad­e­quate defense…

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Jan 25, 2006

NEW VOICES: Victim’s Family Urges Life For Florida Man

After more than two decades of work­ing to spare the life of Florida death row inmate James Floyd, the fam­i­ly of the woman he mur­dered has suc­ceed­ed in get­ting pros­e­cu­tors to reduce Floyd’s sen­tence to life in prison for the mur­der of Annie Bar And…

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Mar 27, 2006

NEW VOICES: Victims Do Not Necessarily Want Revenge

Victims of vio­lence and ter­ror are not nec­es­sar­i­ly well served by a sys­tem that promis­es clo­sure” in the form of the death penal­ty, accord­ing to a recent Washington Post col­umn by Dahlia Lithwick. Among oth­er cas­es, the author ques­tions the assum…

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Feb 29, 2012

NEW VOICES: Victims’ Family Members Voice Concerns About Death Penalty

A recent op-ed in the Litchfield (Connecticut) News high­lights con­cerns about the death penal­ty as expressed by mur­der vic­tims’ fam­i­lies. Mary Healy and Jane Caron are social work pro­fes­sion­als who also expe­ri­enced a murd…

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Jan 17, 2006

NEW VOICES: Virginia Legislators And Victims Speak Against Death Penalty

Two Virginia law­mak­ers who have had a fam­i­ly mem­ber mur­dered recent­ly spoke in oppo­si­tion to the death penal­ty. During a sen­ate com­mit­tee hear­ing on a bill to impose a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions, Senators Henry L. Marsh III and Janet D. Howell noted…

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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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Aug 15, 2007

Victim’s Family Members Seek Closure Through Life Sentence

Nearly two decades after the 1988 rob­bery and mur­der of James Scanlon, his fam­i­ly now says that a sen­tence of life with­out parole for his killer — Ronald Rompilla — will end years of emo­tion­al strain result­ing from the death penal­ty and will help …

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Mar 16, 2007

Victims and Law Enforcement Support Kentucky Death Penalty Review

Legislation to estab­lish a com­mis­sion to exam­ine Kentucky’s death penal­ty and report its find­ings to the General Assembly has gained sup­port from for­mer law enforce­ment offi­cials and vic­tims’ fam­i­ly mem­bers. The bill, pro­posed by Rep. Tom Burch, w…