News and Updates

Troy Davis hearing set for June 30

Federal judge directs both sides to provide witness lists, evidence by June 11

By: Jan Skutch
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A June 30 hearing was scheduled Tuesday for convicted murderer Troy Anthony Davis to present his innocence claims in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

Chief U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. also ordered attorneys for Davis and the state to file their lists of all witnesses, affidavits and other evidence by June 11.

Davis, 40, remains on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison at Jackson for his 1991 conviction and death sentence in the MacPhail case.

June 30 hearing set for Troy Anthony Davis

By: Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A federal judge has scheduled a June 30 evidentiary hearing for Troy Anthony Davis, the death-row inmate who claims he did not shoot and kill a Savannah police officer in 1989.

Last August, in an extraordinary order, unlike any it has issued in almost half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court halted Davis' execution and directed a federal judge in Savannah to conduct a hearing.

What’s More Compromising Than Money?

New York Times
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Supreme Court abdicated its responsibility to address fundamental questions of ethics and fairness when it declined to review the case of Charles Dean Hood, an inmate on death row in Texas.

The one-line order, issued without comment from any of the justices, left in place an egregiously tainted 1990 double-murder conviction. Eighteen years after Mr. Hood was sentenced to death, the state trial judge, Verla Sue Holland, and Tom O’Connell, then the Collin County district attorney, admitted that they had had a secret affair that appears to have ended not long before the trial.

Tim McKinney's fight for freedom

Socialist Worker
Monday, April 26, 2010

Tim McKinney is a prisoner on Tennessee's death row, wrongfully convicted of killing a Memphis off-duty police officer on Christmas night in 1997.

Courting Disaster

The most outrageous thing about the Texas judge who slept with the prosecutor in a death-penalty case.

By: Dahlia Lithwick
Saturday, April 24, 2010


Mumia on the death penalty – and in conversation with Cornel West

From trees to needles: an address to the ‘Lynching Then, Lynching Now, The Roots of Racism and the Death Penalty in America’ national tour

By: Mumia Abu-Jamal
Bay View
Friday, April 23, 2010

Friends, brothers, sisters: Ona Move!

The anti-death penalty movement is an offshoot of the global human rights movement as expressed by private associations and later by a variety of governments.

It is noteworthy, then, for us to cite the state abolition of the death penalty in Kenya in 2009.

Condemned Utah killer will face firing squad

Friday, April 23, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice.

Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles - a rarely used method of execution that harkens back to Utah's territorial history.

Study Settles It: Shocking Black & Latino Imprisonment Rates the Result of Racist, Punitive Impulse

How racist attitudes barely hide beneath the surface of 'tough on crime' policies.

By: Liliana Segura
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

For decades, journalists, scholars and activists seeking to understand the soaring number of people locked up in U.S. prisons over the past 40 years have uncovered -- or just looked clearly enough to see -- overwhelming evidence of systemic racism at every level of the criminal justice system.

CEDP gets ready for Chicago tour stop!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

  ***please circulate***

Da'rryl Durr on the death penalty

In a telephone call from death row, Da'rryl Durr describes capital punishment as 'murder by the state'

By: Erwin James
The Guardian (U.K.)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"We don't say a prisoner was executed, we say he was murdered by the state," says Da'rryl Durr, speaking from Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. He was there on formal deathwatch until Monday, when he was transferred to the state's maximum-security facility in Lucasville to await his execution.