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A review of 2011 news and statistics by NBC Nightly News, including interview with Richard Dieter. Aired 12/17/2011.
Story by News 14 in North Carolina on the death sentence of Danny Hembree, including interview with Richard Dieter.
Story by The Daily on the debate in Ohio over the death penalty following the execution of Reginald Brooks, a 66 year old man who had spent three decades on Ohio's death row.
Examining the Troy Davis Case - A four-part series from Amnesty International.

Democracy Now! report on the experimental drug pentobarbital being implemented by states to keep executions running despite a shortage of sodium thiopental. Features Maurie Levin in Austin, who filed suit to get details about Texas’s new execution drug, and Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. 

Air date:  April 5, 2011.

Opening statement from Police Chief James Abbott of West Orange, New Jersey, the Republican appointee to the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission at the Police Forum on the Death Penalty from October 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Opening statement from former Detective Superintendent Bob Denmark of Lancashire Constabulary, England at the Police Forum on the Death Penalty from October 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Opening statement from Antonio Cluny, Senior Attorney General and Public Prosecutor from Portugal at the Police Forum on the Death Penalty from October 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Opening statement from Ronald Hampton, Executive Director of the National Black Police Association International Leadership Institute at the Police Forum on the Death Penalty from October 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Bud Welch, father of Julie Welch who was killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing, recently appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, just a few days before the 15th anniversary of Timothy McVeigh's bombing in Oklahoma.  Welch, who is the president of Murder Victims' Familes for Human Rights, has been a long-time opponent of the death penalty saying that executions are more often "staged political events" instead of a part of the healing process. 

CNN's Becky Anderson Interviews Death Row Exoneree John Thompson

The video can be found on CNN's site by clicking here. More information on Thompson can be found here.

John Thompson was sentenced to death in 1985 following his conviction for a New Orleans murder. Thompson, who has maintained his innocence since his arrest, was released from prison on May 9, 2003, less than 24 hours after a jury acquitted him at his retrial. (Times-Picayune, May 9, 2003). In 1999, just five weeks before his scheduled execution, Thompson's attorney discovered crucial blood analysis evidence that undermined information used to influence the jury's decision to send Thompson to death row. The blood evidence, which had been improperly withheld by the State, cleared Thompson of a robbery conviction. It was that conviction that kept Thompson from testifying on his own behalf at the murder trial.

Air Date: October 19, 2009

 Coverage of Texas Governor Rick Perry's firing of Forensic Commission Members in Cameron Todd Willlingham case

From MSNBC, two segments on the dismissal of a state forensic commission just before they were to launch their investigation of the Cameron Todd Willingham execution, a Texas man convicted of an arson based on disputed forensic evidence.

Rachel Maddow Show: October 13, 2009

Hardball: October 14, 2009

 Billy Moore speaks at the Kentucky Death Penalty Institute on March 18, 2009. For more information about Billy Moore or to purchase his book go to

William Neal Moore was on Georgia’s death row for 16 years and was twenty hours away from the electric chair on Aug. 21, 1990, when the parole board commuted his sentence to life.  Moore was sentenced to die without ever going on trial, a fact cited by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles at the time as a major factor in commuting Moore’s sentence.  Relatives of the victim, Mother Teresa, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson had pleaded for Moore, saying his life was salvageable and that he was contrite for killing a homeowner during a break-in. A year later, he was paroled.  Today, Moore is a preacher. He has spoken at Harvard and Yale on the tribulations of the death penalty.  “I tell them no one is beyond redemption, even people on death row,” Moore said. “The death penalty is the state carrying out revenge, nothing more, nothing less.” Mr. Moore now lives in Rome, Georgia with his wife, Pastor Donna Moore.  After being ordained as a minister, he formed Jesus Christ Prison Ministry. He now speaks in churches, universities, youth detention centers, and prisons.

(March 18, 2009)

A video on Jose Garcia Briseno, currently on death row in Texas, awaiting execution on April 7, 2009. Since his incarceration, he has had a profound effect on the lives of many around him and those with whom he has corresponded. This was prepared by Briseno's attorney, Richard Burr.

For more information about this case, go to

UPDATE: On April 2, 2009 Jose Briseno received a stay of execution.

Year: 2009



"Lethal Solution" - This World, BBC-TV excerpt
Produced by Steven Grandison; March 18, 2008

Journalist Vivian White interviews participants in the lethal injection process in the United States. In this brief excerpt, White speaks with Neal Dupree, the attorney for Angel Diaz, whose execution had to be stopped and administered a second time. The execution took a total of 37 minutes.

(This World, BBC-TV, March 18, 2008)

70 x 7: The Forgiveness Equation

 "70 x 7: The Forgiveness Equation" is a documentary that addresses the difficult choices for victims' family members in potential death penalty cases. In one thread, two sisters take opposite sides of the debate after the murder of their parents - one who rallies for the execution, the other who is compelled to not seek the death penalty.

In the other, a father whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombings decides that Timothy McVeigh's execution only perpetuates the same factors that led to the attack. At first filled with rage, he eventually makes the decision to oppose the execution - and meets with the family of McVeigh to talk with them. In the short excerpt here, Bud Welch discusses how he came to those conclusions.

More information on the film, including screening information and how to obtain copies, can be found here: See also Victims.

Year: 2008

Georgia Execution Involves Racially Biased and Unprepared Defense Lawyer
On June 4, 2008, Georgia executed Curtis Osborne. Osborne's defense lawyer at trial was racially biased against him and failed to do the most basic investigation that might have saved his client's life. The attorney repeatedly referred to Osborne with a racial epithet, saying, "that little n____r deserves the chair." At the time of the murder that sent Osborne to death row, he was suffering from mental problems and his family had a history of mental illness going back for 3 generations. However, Osborne's attorney failed to raise this issue. His story is recounted in a video prepared by his defense attorneys.

Year: 2008


This video, produced by Equal Justice USA, describes the work that went into the succesful campaign to abolish the death penalty in New Jersey in 2007. For more videos from Equal Justice USA, visit their YouTube page by clicking here.


Norfolk Four - Four men, Danial Williams, Joseph Dick, Derek Tice, and Eric Wilson, all veterans of the U.S. Navy, were convicted of a crime they did not commit. Eric has been released from prison, but Danial, Joe, and Derek remain in Virginia prisons serving double-life sentences for a rape and murder committed by another man, Omar Ballard. An objective, comprehensive review of this case by the nation’s leading experts in the fields of forensic pathology, forensic DNA analysis, crime scene reconstruction, and false confessions leaves no doubt that Danial, Joe, Derek, and Eric were wrongly accused, falsely confessed, and are all innocent. Read more information about the case.

UPDATE: On August 6, 2009, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons to the Norfolk Four. Read More.

Year: 2006

ABC's "World News Tonight" (June 24, 2006) Investigates the Innocence and Execution of Carlos DeLuna
In 1989, defendant Carlos DeLuna was executed in Texas for the fatal stabbing of Texas convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez.

(World News Tonight, ABC-TV, June 24, 2006)

BookTV's "After Words"

This excerpt from BookTV's After Words (aired: January 16, 2005) shows Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, discussing the case of Dobie Gillis Williams. Williams' case is one of two Prejean highlights in her new book The Death of Innocents, published in 2005 by Random House.


To visit Sister Helen Prejean's Web Site, Click Here.

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