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February, 2011



Student Conference on the Death Penalty Educates and Empowers

High school and college students from across the state gathered at Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday to attend the 5th Annual Student Conference on the Death Penalty. Keynote speakers Nick and Amanda Wilcox opened the conference, addressing the nearly 180 conference attendees. In recounting the story of their daughter’s murder, committed by a man with severe and persistent mental illness, Nick and Amanda spoke about the need for mental health reform and how current programs fail to seriously address many of the needs faced by those with mental illness and their families. Following the keynote address, students attended workshops, including Death Penalty 101, Mental Illness and the Death Penalty, and Sharing Our Stories: Murder Victims’ Families  Speak. These workshops were facilitated by local experts from the field, as well as those who have been directly affected by the system, like Paul House – Tennessee’s second death row exoneree – and his mother, Joyce.

Following lunch, the students shared what they had learned during the conference and brainstormed ways to take that information back to their respective campuses. Some students even shared that the conference had changed their opinion on the death penalty!

We hope that this conference will lead to more education and empowerment statewide, as these energized young people return to their campuses ready to spread the word and take action.  Thanks to all who participated in making this year’s conference our biggest yet!

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Student Conference Set for Saturday

Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s fifth annual Student Conference on the Death Penalty will take place this Saturday at Middle Tennessee State University. The conference will  feature nationally-renowned activists Nick and Amanda Wilcox. Nick and Amanda’s world was turned upside-down when their daughter, Laura, was killed in a rampage shooting by a man with severe and persistent mental illness. Feeling compelled to dedicate themselves to the goal of reducing violence, Nick and Amanda began advocating for improved mental health care and death penalty repeal. “Laura’s Law”, which allows for court ordered assisted outpatient treatment for persons with severe and persistent mental illness, was named after their daughter and was enacted in California in 2002.

The keynote address will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by workshops, letter writing, and time for planning events to be held on participants’ campuses following the conference. This year’s workshops include Death Penalty 101 with special guests Joyce and Paul House (House was Tennessee’s 2nd death row exoneree); Mental Illness and the Death Penalty; and Murder Victim’s Families Speak, featuring James Staub, whose mother was murdered when he was 12 years old. The conference is free and lunch is provided, as well as a TADP t-shirt!

If you haven’t registered, click here to get signed up!

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Davidson County Chancellor Says Eyelash Test Meets Constitutional Standards

Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled Wednesday the state’s new execution protocol, which requires the warden to brush the inmate’s eyelashes and call out the inmate’s name, is sufficient to ensure the inmate is properly anesthetized prior to the administration of the lethal drugs. In spite of statements from anesthesiologist Dr. David Lubarsky, who testified that “the prison warden would remain in the dark about the inmate’s consciousness even after performing the check… because studies of the effects of sodium thiopental show that half of patients don’t respond to ‘mild stimuli’ such as state officials propose,” Chancellor Bonnyman found the state’s new protocol addressed concerns that inmates might suffocate to death. In her ruling Bonnyman noted that, “The alternative that the state presented, the consciousness checks, seems to address the consciousness issues and the plaintiffs have not come up with an alternative or with sufficient proof that the consciousness checks do not work to significantly reduce a risk of severe pain.”

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Montana Senate Endorses Death Penalty Repeal

In a 26-24 bi-partisan vote on Monday, the Montana Senate moved that state closer to repeal of the death penalty. 

Supporters argued that the risk of executing an innocent person is too great, the cost too high, and the policy continues to disproportinately affect the poor and minorities.   

“Whether you are or not with the moral issue, there is a practical issue of spending money,” said Ryan Zinke, R-Whitefish.

The bill faces one more Senate vote on Tuesday and then heads to the House.

This outcome in Montana is further evidence that people from across the political and ideological spectrum are finding that the death penalty is  wasteful and ineffective and does not serve to prevent crime. In fact, money spent pursuing death sentences is money that could be spent on proven crime prevention measures such as increased resources for law enforcement, access to mental heath care, and drug treatment programs.  Sadly, it is just such programs that are on the chopping block in states like Tennessee where lawmakers continue to ignore the realities of our own state’s failed death penalty system.  

But, the conversation is changing. With more education about this problematic policy and less dollars to spend, more and more citizens will speak out for change, moving other states in the same direction as Illinois and Montana.  

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Murder Victims’ Family Members Reach Out to Lawmakers

In Connecticut today, 76 murder victims’ family members signed a letter to lawmakers and held a press conference calling for repeal of the death penalty. It is often assumed that all murder victims’ family members automatically support the death penalty. In fact, more and more of these families are speaking out about the trauma that the protracted process of the death penalty causes them.

In the letter to lawmakers, murder victims’ families stated, “The death penalty is a false promise that goes unfulfilled, leaving victims’ families frustrated and angry. And as the state hangs on to this broken system, it wastes millions of dollars that could go toward much needed victims’ services.”

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Lawsuit Aims to Force FDA to Regulate Execution Drugs

A lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of death row inmates in Tennessee, Arizona, and California could force the Food and Drug Administration to bar the foreign importation of sodium thiopental, a drug used in most states’ executions. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, calls on the FDA to abide by its constitutional requirement to “screen all commercial shipments of drugs, as well as all shipments of controlled substances.”  If successful, the lawsuit would also require the FDA to recall all shipments of sodium thiopental that have already been shipped to the U.S. for use in executions. In response to the recent criticism over its handling of the sodium thiopental shipments from Britain, the FDA has asserted that the drugs used for executions do not fall under their jurisdiction.

Along with questions concerning the quality of imported sodium thiopental, the State of Tennessee is also grappling with the procedure by which the drug is applied. All Tennessee executions are currently on hold while Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman decides whether the state’s current use of a three-drug protocol violates the eighth amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Bonnyman’s decision to hear testimony concerning the procedure came after questions were raised about whether the amount of sodium thiopental used is enough to render a person unconscious. These allegations arose out of autopsies performed on executed inmates, Robert Coe, Phillip Workman, and Steve Henley. The medical expert called to testify before Chancellor Bonnyman, anesthesiologist Dr. David Lubarsky, found that “Coe had the most of the barbiturate in his system. But even that was five times less than what’s required to anesthetize a patient for a procedure known as a laryngoscopy, a routine examination of the back of the throat.”

In today’s Tennessean, an op ed by TADP Director Stacy Rector asserts that though the range of issues concerning lethal injection must be dealt with as someone life is at stake, the fact is that the problems go much deeper than simply the method of execution.  The problems plaguing the current death penalty system means that the system continues to be unfairly applied, extremely costly, difficult on victims’ families while at the same time risking the lives of  innocent people.  We can and must do better than this.     

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Danish Drug Company Petitions States to Stop Using Drug for Executions

Lundbeck Inc., a Danish pharmaceutical company with U.S. headquarters in Illinois, has asked Oklahoma and Ohio not to use pentobarbital in the two states’ upcoming executions. As the sole U.S. manufacturer of the drug, Lundbeck Inc. opposes the use of its product in executions because the purpose of the company is to “improve people’s lives.”  In a statement issued last week,the company’s spokesperson, Sally Benjamin Young, affirmed the company’s opposition to the use of pentobarbital, saying, “This goes against everything we’re in business to do.” Ohio and Oklahoma, the latter of whom has already used the drug as part of a three-drug combination, said they had not received any letter from the company and were unable to comment.

Lundbeck Inc. does not directly supply its products to end users and cannot directly stop the two states from using pentobarbital in upcoming executions. States across the country have been scrambling to find suitable drugs for executions following a shortage of sodium thiopental, the first drug administered in the majority of executions, and an announcement by the drug’s sole U.S. manufacturer, Hospira Inc., that production of the drug has ceased. Regardless of what states choose to do in the coming months, whether they switch to a one-drug execution solution or a new three-drug concoction, it will certainly require an extended process, as the constitutionality of the new procedures is addressed.

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