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Article • August 10, 2017
"Intellectual Disabilities" End Decade on Oregon's Death Row; State's "Expert" Sharply Criticized by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson After serving more than ten years on death row, a 60-year old Oregon prisoner had his death sentence vacated and was ruled ineligible for the death penalty, due to an "intellectual disability." ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Eighth Circuit Declines to Block Subpoena Requiring Missouri to Disclose Identities of Execution Drug Suppliers by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase, on death row in Missouri, challenged lethal injection as an execution method by contending it was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
California: Condemned Prisoners Smuggle Drugs to Commit Suicide by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis As the 31 states that practice capital punishment struggle to find the chemicals necessary to execute condemned prisoners, in at least one state the prisoners themselves are successfully bringing in large quantities of drugs, which they ...
Human Rights Clinic - Designed to Break You, UT School of Law, 2017 Designed to Break You HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON TEXAS’ DEATH ROW APRIL 2017 A R E P O RT F R O M T H E H U M A N R I G H T S ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Row
Arizona DOC Invites Attorneys to Provide Execution Drugs for Their Clients by On February 15, 2017, The Guardian reported that the state of Arizona had unveiled a controversial new death penalty plan. A provision of the state’s execution protocol now invites attorneys representing death row prisoners to provide prison officials ...
Article • March 31, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Filed under: Death Row, Control Units
Yale Law School Report Examines Variations in Death Row Housing Units by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School published a report in July 2016 that examined in detail the living arrangements for death row prisoners held by state Departments of Corrections. ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Death Penalty Opponents File Suit to Thwart California’s Prop. 66 by On November 9, 2016, death penalty opponents led by former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp and former El Dorado County supervisor Ron Briggs filed a lawsuit challenging Proposition 66, which had been approved by voters just a ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Constitutional Amendment Ensures Executions will Continue in Oklahoma by Christopher Zoukis Despite a number of botched executions in recent years – which drew widespread criticism for subjecting condemned prisoners to cruel lethal injection practices – Oklahomans have voted to add a provision to the state constitution enshrining and ensuring the ...
Too Little, Too Late: Prosecutor Remorseful for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row by David Reutter The district attorney who prosecuted Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man exonerated after spending 30 years on death row, called capital punishment “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.” That statement ...
Prominent Texas Capital Defense Attorney Suspended for a Year by David Dow has near-legendary status among death penalty attorneys in Texas. He works pro bono for clients whose lives literally depend on him; he takes their cases after they arrive on death row, often seeking to right the wrongs committed ...
Alabama Prisoner Exonerated after Serving 30 Years on Death Row by After almost 30 years, Alabama death row prisoner Anthony Ray Hinton was freed on April 3, 2015 – at the age of 58 – when prosecutors dropped the charges against him. At the time of his release, Hinton, who ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Moratorium by David Reutter Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in early 2015; predictably, the move was lauded by opponents of capital punishment and despised by those in favor of the death penalty. State prosecutors petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Oklahoma DOC Creates “Dream Team” for Botched Executions with Hires from Arizona by Joe Watson If Oklahoma was hoping to establish a tradition or trend of botched executions, it brought in the right people to carry them out. Just days after overseeing a disturbing execution at Arizona’s Florence prison complex ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Florida Supreme Court Upholds Speedy Death Penalty Law by On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court of Florida held for the state in a constitutional challenge of the state's Timely Justice Act (the Act) of 2013, weighed by death row prisoners. Seeking to expand Allen v. Butterworth, 756 So. 2d ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Lawsuit Challenging BOP’s Ban on Face-to-Face Media Interviews Continues by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a jury could conclude the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) ban on face-to-face interviews with death row prisoners was not based on security threats related to such prisoners becoming jailhouse celebrities and ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Prieto’s Promise: An End to Death Row? by Mumia Abu-Jamal In late 2013, a federal judge in Virginia issued a remarkable ruling in the case of Prieto v. Clark. The civil suit, brought by Virginia death row prisoner Alfredo R. Prieto, challenged conditions on the state’s execution unit, including total ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Filed under: Guard Misconduct, Death Row
Federal Guard Has Sex with Coworkers and Impregnated by Prisoner by Gary Hunter Nancy Gonzalez was a guard at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) when she became pregnant with a prisoner’s baby. The father Ronell Wilson was convicted in 2006, of the point-blank shooting of two undercover policemen. Ms. ...
Article • August 9, 2016
Last Act in Office - Maryland Governor Commutes Four Death Row Prisoners by Christopher Zoukis In a highly controversial decision, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) commutes the sentences of four death-row prisoners to spend the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole. An opponent of the ...
Man Nearly Executed, Awarded $14M after Exoneration by A former death row inmate who came within weeks of being executed was awarded $14 million by a federal jury in New Orleans after being cleared of his murder conviction. John Thompson, 40, spent 18 years in prison after being convicted of ...
Publication • July 12, 2016
Rethinking Death Row - Variations in the Housing of Individuals, Yale Law School, 2016 Rethinking Death Row: Variations in the Housing of Individuals Sentenced to Death The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program Yale Law School July 2016 Rethinking “Death Row”: Rethinking “Death Row”: Variations in the Housing of Individuals Sentenced ...
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