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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Vigils held in Savannah before Troy Davis hearing

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SAVANNAH, GA. — Supporters of Troy Anthony Davis gathered Tuesday to pray that he's declared innocent after nearly 20 years on Georgia's death row, while family and friends of the Savannah police officer he was convicted of killing bowed their heads in hopes that their long wait for his execution is nearly over.

The dueling rallies came the evening before Davis was scheduled to face a U.S. District Court judge who may ultimately decide his fate.

Before Georgia Puts Troy to Death...

The Nation
Monday, June 21, 2010
The Nation
Dear Nation Subscriber,

Take A Stand against torture!-Let my People GO!!!

By: Mark Clements
Sunday, June 20, 2010

Take A Stand against Torture!-Let my People GO!!!
Date: June 21, 2010
Time: 7:45AM
Location: Federal Plaza/directly across from 219 So. Dearborn Street,
Chicago, Illinois

On May 24, 2010, Jail Jon Burge Coalition conducted a protest, rally,
and news conference outside City Hall, 121 N. La Salle Street, and
call on Mayor Richard M. Daley to be responsible for his behavior that
cause over 85 percent of the convictions that resulted from beatings
and tortured under the Command of Jon Burge at area two and three
violent crime units, from 1972 until 1991. The group of Chicago police
torture victims and activists called on Mayor Daley to be responsible

Utah firing squad executes convicted killer

Associated Press
Friday, June 18, 2010

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A death row inmate who had used a gun to fatally shoot two men suffered the same fate Friday morning as he was executed by a team of marksmen — the first time Utah used the firing squad to carry out a death sentence in 14 years.

A barrage of bullets tore into Ronnie Lee Gardner's chest where a target was pinned over his heart. Two minutes later an ashen Gardner, blood pooling in his dark blue jumpsuit, was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m.

FILE - In this Thursday, June 10, 2010 picture, Ronnie Lee Gardner listens to proceedings during his commutation hearing at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Gardner is scheduled to be executed by firing squad at midnight on June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool)

Powell executed for 1978 slaying of police officer

Family of Ralph Ablanedo expresses relief after 32-year wait; David Lee Powell makes no final statement.

Credit: Alberto Martínez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
After the execution of David Lee Powell was carried out Tuesday evening, loved ones of victim Ralph Ablanedo left the prison unit, including, from left, friend Bruce Mills and widow Judy Mills. Powell made no final statement before he was put to death.
By: Tony Plohetski and Chuck Lindell
Austin American-Statesman
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HUNTSVILLE — Declining to make a final statement, David Lee Powell was executed Tuesday for killing an Austin police officer 32 years ago as seven members of his victim's family watched silently from a nearby window.

Strapped to the execution gurney with intravenous lines already inserted, Powell kept his eyes locked on members of officer Ralph Ablanedo's family but did not acknowledge Warden Charles O'Reilly's invitation to speak.

His head still turned toward the window, Powell half closed his eyes as the lethal combination of drugs began flowing at 6:10 p.m.

Ablanedo's widow, Judy Mills, gripped the hand of son Steve Mills and cried quietly as the drugs took effect.

Supreme Court gives hope to some death-row inmates

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that, under extraordinary circumstances, courts should accept death row appeals even after a one-year statute of limitations has expired.

By: Warren RIchey
Christian Science Monitor
Monday, June 14, 2010

Washington —

The US Supreme Court has made it easier for some death row inmates to overcome a one-year statute of limitations for filing a federal appeal of their capital sentence.

The high court ruled 7 to 2 on Monday that under certain extraordinary circumstances courts should allow an appeal to be filed even after the one-year deadline has expired.

The decision came in the case of Florida death row inmate Albert Holland, who lost his right to file a federal appeal of his death sentence when his lawyer missed the one-year deadline established under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA).

Protest the Scheduled Execution of David Powell

Attend Monday's Austin Demonstration; Call DA Rosemary Lehmberg
Monday, June 14, 2010


Dear supporter of Texas Moratorium Network, 

The Slow Death of the Death Penalty?

As Capital Punishment Is Used Less Often, Arguments Persist Over its Validity - and Death Row Inmates Continue to Wait

Credit: AP Photo
The chair where Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped, facing a firing squad, in the execution chamber in Utah State Prison at Point of the Mountain, Utah. He would be the third person executed by firing squad in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
By: Seth Doane
CBS News
Sunday, June 13, 2010

(CBS)  When it comes to issues of CRIME and PUNISHMENT, the stakes are never higher than when the crime is murder, and the punishment is death. Opinion about capital punishment is sharply divided in the United States, and the debate is playing out right now in two very different Death Row cases. Seth Doane reports our Cover Story:

Ronnie Lee Gardner deserves to die: So say the people of Utah, where he killed a bartender in cold blood, then murdered an attorney during an escape attempt.

Gaile Owens also faces death, in Tennessee on September 28, for hiring someone to kill her husband in 1985.

‘I would like the firing squad please. There are no mistakes.’

A condemned man chose death by bullets rather than lethal injection—and he’s not alone

Credit: Francisco Kjolseth/AP
By: Rachel Mendleson
Saturday, June 12, 2010

Update: Ronnie Lee Gardner’s execution went ahead and he was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m. on June, 18 after being shot by a firing squad.

Just before midnight on June 17, barring any successful last-minute appeal, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped to a chair in the special execution chamber in Utah’s state prison. A black hood will be placed over his head; a white target pinned above his heart. At 12:01 a.m., five anonymous sharpshooters will cock their .30 calibre rifles, and open fire.

The execution, if it goes ahead, will be the third by firing squad in the U.S. (and Utah) in more than 40 years. And it will have been Gardner’s choice.