Date Event Venue Location  
A Broken System: Perspectives on the Death Penalty Panel Discussion
Linnenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Memphis, TN Details

Sabrina Butler Porter will join a group of panelists at Lindenwood Christian Church on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion entitled A Broken System: Perspectives on the Death Penalty presented by Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis Theological Seminary, and Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP).

In 1990, Sabrina Butler Porter, a teen mother from Mississippi, was convicted of murdering her nine-month-old son, Walter. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing and is one of only two women in the United States exonerated from death row.

On April 12, 1989, Mrs. Porter rushed Walter to the hospital after he stopped breathing. Doctors tried to resuscitate the baby, but failed. The day after her son’s death, Mrs. Porter was arrested for child abuse because of bruises left by her resuscitation attempts. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Her conviction was overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1992. The court said that the prosecution had failed to prove that the incident was anything more than an accident. At re-trial, she was acquitted on Dec. 17, 1995 after a very brief jury deliberation. It is now believed that the baby may have died either of cystic kidney disease or from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Mrs. Porter was spent more than five years in prison and 33 months on death row.

Other panelists at the event include Cynthia Vaughn, whose mother, Connie, was murdered in Memphis in 1984 and whose stepfather, Don Johnson, is now on Tennessee death row convicted of the crime; Amy Lawrence, Coordinator of Tennessee Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty; and Reverend Stacy Rector, Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (TADP).

Memphis Chapter Meeting
Midsouth Peace & Justice Center 3573 Southern Avenue Details

Join the Memphis chapter of TADP to discuss Tennessee’s death penalty and ways to work for its repeal. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Nashville Chapter Meeting
Second Presbyterian Church (3511 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215) You can park in the lot just behind the church off of Graybar Lane. Follow the TADP signs. Details

The TADP Nashville chapter will be on Tuesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jr. High Room.