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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, LeGrande wore a Superman t-shirt and insulted the jury. LeGrande had an execution date scheduled in 2006 but a judge stayed the execution so that he could be examined by psychiatrists.

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…

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…

Death Penalty Resumed with Georgia Execution Tonight

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 7:47pm

Georgia will kill a man tonight. When it injects poison into the veins of William Earl Lynd, Georgia will end the longest period of time between executions since Furman v. Georgia.

A lot has happened since September 25, 2007, when Texas…

Harvard Conference Confronts Death Penalty

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 1:23pm
The Harvard Human Rights Journal recently held its annual conference, and the theme was "The United States and Human Rights: Bringing Rights Home." The conference featured speakers from the world of academia as well as advocates and activists. John Holdridge,…

Snyder Decision Highlights Problem of Prosecutorial Misconduct

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:20am
In the case of Snyder v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a trial judge in a Louisiana court allowed a prosecutor to strike a black juror, leaving an all-white jury to consider the fate of a black defendant in a capital…

Volunteering for Execution at Ely State Prison

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 3:49pm
The ACLU National Prison Project has filed suit in Nevada because the abhorrent medical care at Ely State Prison. This prison houses all of Nevada's death row inmates. Ten of the last 12 people executed in Nevada waived their rights to appeal…

Supreme Court Hears Lethal Injection Case Today

By Christopher Hill, Capital Punishment Project at 10:09am
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Baze v. Rees, a Kentucky death row inmate's challenge to the state's lethal injection protocol. Kentucky uses a three drug cocktail that is used in virtually all capital punishment jurisdictions. The…
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