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Life After Death Row

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:49am
Execution's Doorstep: True Stories of the Innocent and Near Damned is a new book by Leslie Lytle about five men who were released from death row. One of the stories told is that of Michael Graham. Mr. Graham was unlawfully convicted for the 1986 murder of an elderly couple in Louisiana.

Almost Certainly Innocent, Troy Anthony Davis Receives Another Execution Date

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 1:04pm

Troy Anthony Davis almost certainly is innocent, but that has not stopped the State of Georgia from giving him a new execution date: September 23, 2008. A hearing on his case is scheduled before the State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole…

The Trial of Jeff Wood

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 4:56pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

In Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial, the main character is prosecuted and executed for an unnamed crime. We like to think that this kind of absurd surrealism only happens in literature. But something…

Highlighting Issues With Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 2:55pm

A judge in North Carolina ruled that Guy LeGrande was not competent to be executed. LeGrande has suffered with mental illness for years. His illness was in full view of the jury when he represented himself in his capital trial. During the trial,…

U.N. Special Rapporteur Finds Major Problems with U.S. Death Penalty Systems

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 4:09pm

After a two-week visit to the United States, Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, expressed deep concern (PDF) about the way the country carries out capital punishment. During his visit,…

Capital Punishment Project Director Honored

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:45pm

John Holdridge, Director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, received the Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award from Lawrence University. John, a 1977 graduate of Lawrence, was honored for his tireless work as a zealous defense attorney…

Short Film Illustrates Unfair Trial

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 12:58pm

Injustice runs rampant in North Carolina's death penalty system.Of the 129 people exonerated from death row, eight are from North Carolina. The most recent exonerees were sent to death row because of prosecutorial misconduct, use of coerced testimony…

Thanks Frank

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:35am

When I was a younger man, George H.W. Bush launched many attacks against Michael Dukakis in the Presidential contest of 1988. In addition to the racism of the Willie Horton ad, King George I accused the Massachusetts Governor of being a card-carrying…

Yes, There Will Be a Quiz... For Your Freedom

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 8:56pm

There's that old phrase that youth is wasted on the young. Someone should have that to the mass of youth that have descended upon D.C. to "Stand Up for Freedom." The young people attending this conference would pass a civil liberties test with flying…

John Holdridge on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:06pm
Capital Punishment Project (CPP) Director John Holdridge was interviewed on May 8, 2008, by Jacque Reid of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). The TJMS is one of the most influential programs on urban radio. During the segment called "Inside Story with…
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