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September, 2014



Irick Execution Delayed

On September 25th, the Tennessee State Supreme Court delayed the scheduled execution of Billy Ray Irick, originally slated for October 7, while litigation is pending.  This means that Irick will not be executed on October 7 and that his execution will be rescheduled. TADP is grateful for this temporary reprieve and has postponed the vigil scheduled for that day in both Nashville and Memphis.

As we await and see how the courts will rule, we continue to encourage all TADP supporters to sign and share the open letter to Governor Haslam in order to gather as many signatures as possible before a new date is set.

TADP will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

 

Photograph from  the Tennessean.

 

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National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today we take time to remember all those who have lost their lives to murder as well as their grieving family, friends, and communities. TADP is deeply grateful for the individuals and organizations in Tennessee that work to support and advocate for victims of violence and their families and for those whose work focuses on crime prevention and making our communities safer for everyone.

We at TADP are continually humbled by the stories of the surviving family members of murder victims in our state. We hope that in our work, we can broaden the conversation to go beyond how to punish those who offend and instead focus our energy and resources more on how to support those who have been so deeply offended.  The needs of murder victims’ families are many–emotional, financial, spiritual–and don’t end when a trial is over.  For some families, cases go unsolved and they live everyday without any answers.

Today is about remembering those whose lives were taken senselessly and too soon while also reflecting on how we as a society can offer families so much more as they struggle to put their lives together again.  Take a moment to say a prayer, light a candle, or sit in silence to honor these individuals today.

 

 

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual appeal among men is the erectile disfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as heart trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile disfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying heartiness conditions that can be very much dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.

Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson honored by Belmont University

On September 22 in Nashville, Bryan Stevenson received the 2014 Belmont College of Law Champions for Justice Award. Stevenson works on a number of criminal justice issues, including the death penalty and sentencing reforms as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL). Stevenson’s tireless work, particularly on behalf of people of color suffering disproportionately in the current criminal justice system, earned him this latest accolade.

Stevenson encouraged the packed chapel of students, administrators, faculty, and community activists to place themselves within the proximity of those who are suffering in order to truly understand the wounds inflicted by poverty, incarceration, and lack of opportunity. He acknowledged that  the work to alleviate such suffering will not be easy, and as Mrs. Rosa Parks once told him when she was visiting Montgomery, “it will make you tired, tired, tired.”  Nevertheless, Stevenson called people of faith to be hopeful in their work, giving examples of transformation, even in unlikely people and places, that occur all the time when people get educated or connected to those who suffer under the current system. Stevenson’s final charge was for all attendees to remember that no person can be categorized by the worst thing that they have done–there is more to everyone that that. For people of faith, who hold to the power of redemption and work for criminal justice reform, Stevenson’s reminder was a powerful concluding word.

We applaud Belmont Law School for honoring Bryan Stevenson, even as our state prepares to execute eleven men. The courts continue to deliberate about Tennessee’s lethal injection protocols, the state’s secrecy around the source of the lethal injection drugs, as well as the possible use of the electric chair. The clock is ticking as Billy Ray Irick’s execution is set for October 7, 2014.  If you have not yet signed the open letter to the Governor encouraging him to halt all executions until system can be reviewed please do so here.  TADP is planning a vigil should this execution move forward to occur in Nashville at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at 5:30 on Oct. 7 and in Memphis at noon on at First United Methodist Church, 204 N. Second St. 38105.

Also, if you wish to know more about Bryan Stevenson check out Equal Justice Initiative as well as Stevenson’s new book Just Mercy set to be released on October 21, 2014. You can also listen to Stevenson’s TED Talk here. Stevenson will be back in Nashville at the Re-Visioning Justice Conference at Vanderbilt University as a keynote speaker, along with Howard Zehr, from April 17-19, 2015, hosted by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership.

 

Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Stevenson

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Two More Death Row Exonerations

On Tuesday, Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown walked out of a North Carolina prison where they had spent the last 30 years. McCollum, the state’s longest serving death row inmate was freed after DNA connected the crime to someone else. He had been on death row for over three decades – since he was 19 years old. Leon Brown, McCollum’s brother, was also released.

The only evidence tying McCollum and Brown to the crime were coerced confessions that law enforcement obtained from the disabled teens (who, even as adults, have the intellectual ability of children)–the only evidence tying them to the crime. McCollum first told police that he knew nothing about the murder, but at 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, 1983, after five hours of intense interrogation, he signed a confession written by police. Soon after, his younger brother, Brown, also confessed.

McCollum and Brown were originally prosecuted by Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt, whose nickname “World’s Deadliest DA” was earned after he won nearly 50 death sentences during his 12 year career as chief prosecutor. At that time, there were no laws exempting juveniles or those with intellectual
disabilities from the death penalty.

In 1991, courts granted the brothers new trials because of improper jury instructions. Brown’s murder charge was dismissed, but he was convicted of rape and given a life sentence. McCollum was again convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

In 1994, When the Supreme Court decided not to review a death row case out of Texas, Justice Harry A. Blackmun dissented, arguing the death penalty was cruel and unusual and therefore unconstitutional.
Scalia responded to Blackmun’s dissent by referencing the McCollum case and arguing that the death penalty was appropriate for the most heinous crimes, “For example, the case of an 11-year-old girl raped by four men and then killed by stuffing her panties down her throat,” Scalia wrote in Collins v. Collins. “How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection compared with that!”

Justice Scalia’s “case in point” for the use of the death penalty in the U.S. is now a “case in point,” for why the system cannot be trusted to determine who lives and who dies as McCollum and Brown become the 145th and 146th individuals exonerated and freed from death row nationwide.

Had it not been for unrelated execution delays in the state of North Carolina, these men would likely have already been executed. Read more about these exonerations.

Photo source: http://www.wral.com/after-30-years-in-prison-for-murder-half-brothers-walk-free/13946572/

Fairly, there are numerous aspects you would like to think about medications. All discount medicaments save money, but few online drugstores offer better deals than other online drugstores. There isn’t anything you can’t order online anymore. Remedies like Deltasone ordinarily is used to treat diseases such as eye problems. Glucocorticoids naturally occurring steroids, which are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. There are varied drugs for every conditions. Cialis is a remedy prescribed to treat many illnesses. What do you already know about long term side effects of cialis? What consumers talk about how long does it take for cialis to take effect? A general sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Sexual problems mostly signal deeper problems: low libido or erectile disfunction can be the symptom a strong health problem such as soul trouble. Albeit the erectile dysfunction itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, erectile dysfunction is sometimes one of the early warning symptoms of other underlying soundness conditions that can be so dangerous. Unfortunately nearly all over-the-counter medicines have sometimes dangerous aftereffects, from muscle aches to death. If you buy any erectile dysfunction medicaments like Cialis, check with a physician that they are sure to take with your other drugs. Do not take unwanted medications. Take Cialis to your local chemist’s shop which will dispose of them for you.