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February, 2013



Another Unlikely Ally Speaks Out

Frank Thompson, the former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary who oversaw the last two executions in the state, testified in front of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee yesterday, urging the committee members to pass a resolution that would put a referendum before voters to decide whether or not to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Thompson argued that the death penalty does nothing to deter crime or improve public safety. “Asking decent men and women to participate in the name of a failed public policy that takes human life is indefensible and rises to a level of immorality,” said Thompson.

Thompson joined the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, along with about a dozen others, including a mother whose daughter was murdered, to testify before the committee. Greenlick, a long time death penalty opponent who has been wanting to get a repeal bill moved since he was first elected in 2002, testified that the death penalty is not moral nor equitable. “You don’t have many millionaires on death row,” he argued.

Last year, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a reprieve in the pending execution of death row inmate Gary Haugen. He vowed that there would not be executions as long as he was governor and urged the public to debate alternatives to their broken death penalty system. Kitzhaber submitted a letter yesterday, reiterating his concerns about the death penalty. “It is time for Oregon to consider a different approach,” he wrote.

With more unusual allies like former correctional leaders and victims’ families speaking out, hopefully states like Oregon can move toward repeal.

(Photo by Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

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Former Death Row Inmate’s Art Inspires

The Nashville Scene recently featured former death row inmate Ndume Olatushani in their Arts and Culture section. Ndume was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 28 years (nearly 20 of which were on death row) before being released last June on an Alford plea. During his first few years on death row, Ndume taught himself to paint and has created numerous beautiful pieces of art. TADP was honored to receive one of his wonderful pieces entitled “My Light,” that we proudly display on one of our office walls.

Ndume will share his story as part of a panel on wrongful conviction during TADP’s 7th annual Student Conference on the Death Penalty being held at Lipscomb University tomorrow. His art is on display through February 29 at Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center.

(Photo of Ndume with his painting “Circles”)

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Take Action to Help End the Death Penalty

Yesterday the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied death row inmate Warren Lee Hill clemency, and both the Georgia Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay of execution, despite his well-documented intellectual disability. Within 30 minutes of his scheduled execution last night, Hill was finally issued a stay by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the appeals court ruled that further review is needed of affidavits released last week by doctors who testified in 2000 that Hill was not mentally disabled but have since changed their minds. The Georgia Court of Appeals also issued a stay, saying it needed more time to consider a separate challenge to the state’s lethal injection protocol.

This is the second time in seven months that Hill has come within minutes of being executed. His case is just one example of why the use of the death penalty must end.  And we have a real chance of seeing that happen in Maryland. The first vote on the Maryland death penalty repeal bill is tomorrow in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. If they vote yes, the bill could get to the senate floor within days, and we could see the end of the death penalty in that state by the end of the weekend!

You can help! Please take a moment to thank Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for sponsoring the repeal legislation and ask him to use his influence to get the Senate to say YES – with no amendments. Send Governor O’Malley a message here.

There’s also great news in Montana! Their first vote on their death penalty repeal bill is this Friday. If you know anyone who lives in Montana, ask them to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote YES on repealing the death penalty.

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Who Will Stop the Execution of Warren Hill?

Update: Less than 30 minutes before Warren Hill was to be executed on February 19, 2013, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution, stating “further review is needed of recent affidavits by doctors who changed their minds about Hill’s mental capacity.”  The state court of appeals also issued a stay to allow more time to consider a challenge related to Georgia’s lethal injection procedure.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. (EST), the state of Georgia plans to execute Warren Hill, an inmate on Georgia’s death row who has an IQ of 70 and is considered intellectually disabled. According to the 2002 U. S. Supreme Court decision Atkins v. Virginia,  people with intellectual disability are to be excluded from execution because of their reduced culpability, but the state of Georgia seems determined to ignore that decision in Hill’s case.

Since his conviction and death sentence, the three state experts that testified that Mr. Hill did not meet the standard for intellectual disability have all reversed their earlier views and now agree that he is intellectually disabled beyond a reasonable doubt.

But Mr. Hill’s execution is still on, and the clock is ticking.  How does the state of Georgia execute a man not legally eligible for execution according to the highest court in the land? How do the courts continue to deny Mr. Hill a stay? How do we continue to utilize a system that is so arbitrary and inconsistent when a life is on the line?

(Photo courtesy of The Raw Story)

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Friend and Colleague of TADP Featured in The Tennessean

The Tennessean recently published a great opinion editorial written by Nashville attorney Ed Miller, who is part of Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman’s clemency team. Check it out here!

[Picture of Ed Miller (left) courtesy of The Tennessean and Abu Ali (right) courtesy of Abu-Ali.org]

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Former Executioner Speaks Out Against the Death Penalty

In a recent Washington Post article, Jerry Givens, who executed 37 people via the electric chair and 25 by lethal injection during his 17 years working as the chief executioner for the Virginia Department of Corrections, shares how his views on the death penalty have evolved over the years.

Executions were never an easy matter for Givens. “You are not going to feel happy,” he said. “You feel for the condemned man’s family and the victim’s family. You have two sets of families that are losing someone.” But a tragic event helped him carry out the work. When Givens was 14, he was at a house party when a gunman burst in and fired randomly, killing a girl Givens had been trying to work up the courage to ask to dance with him. The incident left him with a belief that killers like that deserved to die, and he would recall the girl’s murder each time he had to prepare for an execution.

Givens’ started losing faith in the system later on with the case of death row inmate Earl Washington Jr., who was sentenced to death in 1984 in the rape and killing of a 19-year-old mother of three. Washington only had an IQ of about 69 and had admitted to the killing, but many of his answers didn’t match the evidence or facts of the case. Days before his execution, lawyers were able to obtain a stay based on doubts about his guilt. Years later in 1993, DNA proved that Washington was not the killer and his sentence was commuted to life in prison. After further testing, he was eventually granted a full pardon, and became Virginia’s first person exonerated from death row by DNA evidence. Givens was troubled that he had gotten so close to executing Washington. “If I execute an innocent person, I’m no better than the people on death row,” he said.

In 1999, Givens was charged with money laundering and lying to a federal grand jury about it. He maintains his innocence to this day, but was convicted and spent four years behind bars.  “This was God’s way of waking me up,” Givens said. During his time in prison, his Christian faith deepened, and he realized “what he had done as executioner was not compatible with Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness.” He could no longer support the death penalty, and said that God told him to share his story.

Givens got involved with Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) and became a board member of the organization in 2009. He has been speaking around the country about his opposition to the death penalty ever since. In 2010, he testified at a state legislative hearing on a bill that would expand the death penalty in Virginia to accomplices in murders. Given’s testimony helped to defeat the measure. “The people who pass these bills, they don’t have to do it,” Givens said afterward. “The people who do the executions, they’re the ones who suffer through it.”

(Photo courtesy of Daily Life)

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Calls for Abolition

In his January 25 dissent in State v. Wogenstahl, an order setting an execution date for inmate Jeffrey Wogenstahl, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill spoke out against the death penalty.

Justice O’Neill wrote, “I would hold that capital punishment violates the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 9 of the Ohio Constitution. The death penalty is inherently both cruel and unusual and therefore is unconstitutional. Capital punishment dates back to the days when decapitations, hangings, and brandings were also the norm. Surely, our society has evolved since those barbaric days….To date, 17 states and the District of Columbia have eliminated the death penalty altogether. It is clear that the death penalty is becoming increasingly rare both around the world and in America. By definition it is unusual.”

He concluded, “The time to end this outdated form of punishment in Ohio has arrived. While I recognize that capital punishment is the law of the land, I cannot participate in what I consider to be a violation of the Constitution I have sworn to uphold.”

Justice O’Neill joins a growing list of notable stakeholders from around the country who are voicing concerns about the broken death penalty system and calling for abolition.


(Photo courtesy of gravelgrab.com)

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