Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sunday morning roundup

After a summer's hiatus, a return of a quick Sunday morning news roundup.
  • PBS Expose looks at 4 states. 80 capital cases. 1 reporter goes inside the criminal justice system, the full show is now online.
  • The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle carries an AP report, “One word at core of death penalty case.” That word is “or.” StandDown has more.
  • The Albany Times Union in New York in Case stirs death looks at Monday’s oral arguments in that state’s sole remaining capital case as does the Times Herald Record in an article entitled Trials and Tribulations: Murder case targets death penalty flaws.
  • In Kentucky the Bowling Green Daily News in an article entitled Public Advocate pushes to abolish death sentence looks at Kentucky’s top public defender, Ernie Lewis, his career, and his unquenchable desire to abolish the death penalty in the Bluegrass state.
  • DPIC has three great posts from earlier in the week: Death Penalty in Flux (detailing all the states in which the death penalty is on hold and noting lots of recent state legislation); Death Penalty for Offenses Other Than Murder (detailing all the state statutes that contain capital crimes other than those involving the murder of the victim); and time on Death Row (detailing the length of time inmates spend on Death Row and the implications of that time). [h/t SLP]
  • TCASK posts at length on the new Tennessee lethal injection protocol.
  • The Montgomery Advertiser notes Alabama’s Attorney General is proposing “for the state to pay $400 an hour to a Massachusetts physician to analyze the combination of drugs used in Alabama executions.” “Under the contract with Attorney General Troy King’s office, Dr. Mark Dershwitz would study the drugs used in Alabama executions.”
  • A Walk to Stop Executions in California is the title of AI’s capital punishment blog’s post on an 800 mile Walk to Stop Executions.
  • Death Watch North Carolina notes two Forsythe County men will spend the rest of their lives in prison following pleas.” Kohumna Hoyle, 34, was sentenced to life without parole in the death of his son, Raynell.” “Daniel Learmond Hayes, 21, will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of a [William James Wright]. Hayes’s life was saved in large part by his victim’s children, who told prosecutors to be merciful because they didn’t want Hayes’s family to have to endure the pain of his execution.” David talks about the miracle of forgiveness of William Wright's family here.
  • The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty has launched a global petition as part of the campaign for an international moratorium on executions. ADP has more.
  • Steven Truscott was exonerated in Canada this week after 48 years for a crime committed when he was a teenager. This editorialon “If there is any silver lining to the Steven Truscott miscarriage of justice, it’s that the Canadian didn’t live in Texas. If he had, there’s a good chance he would have been executed despite not having committed a murder. Truscott was acquitted last Tuesday of a 1959 murder after living for nearly half a century as the convicted killer of Lynne Harper.”
  • Finally, a thank you message from Keith Hampton, Kenneth Foster’s attorney.

I would be remiss for not noting that Scott Taylor at Ohio Death Penalty Information, will often have these stories first, even though he is not explicitly cited above. Indeed, of the sites mentioned above many cite to his work as the source & he remains an invaluable addition to Team Abolition.

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