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September, 2006



Holton Receives Stay of Execution

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay of execution for Daryl Holton and called for a full hearing to determine his mental competency. The order, issued by a three judge panel today, states that there is “reasonable cause to believe that Mr. Holton is not competent to make a rational decision to dismiss his pending federal habeas corpus petition.”

Wait! Someone with severe mental illness might not be mentally competent to make complex legal decisions!? Who would have thought?

Well, clearly we all knew that already, but the state of Tennessee seems to be slow catching on. The fact that a man with such clear mental illness came this close to execution clearly demonstrates how broken the capital punishment system is. If anyone ever needed more evidence that our system targets people with mental illness, here it is. And this is exactly why the National alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association all support a moratorium on capital punishment. The application is simply too unfair toward people suffering from mental illness.

So our evening’s protest activities are off for today, but don’t relax too much, because there are still over 100 people on Tennessee’s death row and a lot of them suffer from mental illness. It may not be long until we see the state of Tennessee attempt another execution.

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Not a Willing Volunteer

This morning Daryl Holton has filed a habeas corpus appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court requesting a stay of execution. Holton is not seeking to pursue the current claims as to his competency to drop his appeals that the Federal Public Defenders are currently appealing in the Sixth Circuit. Instead, Holton is seeking review of unconstitutional burden shifting at his original trial.

It should be made clear that this appeal will not automatically result in a stay of execution from the court. However, what should also be clear is that Daryl Holton, having requested a stay of execution, is no longer a “volunteer” for execution, but rather he wants to live and to fight his conviction. The state of Tennessee is now preparing to kill an unwilling man.

Read Holton’s appeal here.

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Now is the Time!

The execution of Daryl Holton is now only 16 hours away. The state continues to insist that a man suffering from major depression and PTSD, who has a history of suicidal tendencies, who killed the children that he loved because he thought it was saving them, and who voluntarily has chosen to die in the electric chair is mentally competent and rational. I know that claim sounds pretty ridiculous, but that is the archaic understanding of mental illness written into our legal codes.

Holton’s competency to drop his appeals and assist the state in killing him is still at issue in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court, which is expected to rule some time today. The court could issue a stay since the U.S. District Court refused to allow the Federal Public Defenders to person expert witnesses who had evaluated Holton and found that he met the threshold showing of mental incompetence. The testimony of such witnesses should be guaranteed to Holton.

However, we aren’t going to sit on our hands and wait for the Sixth Circuit to make up its mind. Instead, it’s time for us to take action! So, if you haven’t done so already, call the Governor at (615) 741-2001 or (615) 741-3673 or (615) 532-4562. Tell the Governor:

“I am a resident of the state of Tennesse and we should be treating people with mental illness, not executing them. Please stay the execution of Daryl Holton and order a full competency hearing.”

If the Sixth Circuit rules against Holton, he will be without representation and there will be no one to make a formal request for clemency to the Governor. So we, the citizens of Tennessee, need to make our voices so numerous and so loud that they cannot be ignored. Now you may have already received a call from a TCASK volunteer last night as we phone banked, calling our supporters all around the state asking them to call the Governor with that same message. Or you may have found a TCASK action alert in your email this morning asking you the same. If you’ve already called the Governor, thank you. And have all your friends? Forward the email or pass along the message. Make sure that the Governor hears our voices loud and clear!

Then come gather with us at Legislative Plaza at 4:30 to rally against the execution and make sure that the Governor can’t continue to ignore us! The power of all of us working together can stop this execution and one day end the immoral and unjust practice of state-sponsored killing in our state.

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Out on the Corner Part II

By Lillian Siman (TCASK Student Caucus Co-Chair)

We’re on the road to abolition- and I mean that literally.

This afternoon, as part of our public awareness campaign, we marched from the TCASK office to the TSU game- only to discover that it wasn’t actually happening. Like true abolitionists, we refused to be let down; instead we turned around and marched right back. We stood on the corner of 5th and Main for the next couple of hours, weaving through traffic to distribute flyers to remarkably receptive East Nashville folks. With our “Honk for Justice” sign inciting both honks and cheers, we were feeling pumped about abolishing the death penalty and about justice in general. As Alex noted, “Everybody likes justice!” (Thank you, Alex.)

We decided to focus the campaign on mental illness and the death penalty. A huge black sign stated our demand: Treat the Illness, Don’t Kill the Person. Several people asked questions about the case, and many expressed outrage at the murder being committed on Tuesday with their tax money. Hopefully, a refined version of this anger will be expressed to the governor on the phone sometime this weekend.

On a personal note, it was great to see some students out there on the streets. I’m starting to feel like the moratorium campaign is something Nashville is ready for. But while the afternoon was overwhelmingly positive, there were definitely some people who stopped 30 ft before the line to avoid being handed a flyer. It’s a perfect metaphor for their mental response- people stop way before the point where they have to actually think about it. They read the headlines about Holton but skip the article. (If they did, they would be appalled!) Here’s my proposition: instead of going out of our way to avoid the situation, let’s go out of the way to fix the situation. As a result, not only will there be less tragedy in our lives, but also in the lives of our children.

So how do we do it? We already are. We did it at the corner of 21st and Blakemore yesterday. We did it at 25th and West End this morning. We did it by the office this afternoon. And we’ve got more coming tomorrow with the phone bank and Monday at the capital.

I’ll see you there.

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Out on the Corner

by Kathryn Lea (TCASK State Board of Directors, Hillsboro High School)

Today a group of death penalty opponents stood on the corner as Vanderbilt football fans passed us. They may not be our normal crowd of supporters, but considering the hour and the crowd the response was surprisingly good.

For the most part I held signs saying “Honk for Justice” and “Do Not Execute Daryl Holton.” Although there were the normal responses of people trying to ignore us, the passengers of the cars were often sympathetic. And there’s nothing quite like a car of college students honking and cheering to make abolitionists feel appreciated.

Some pedestrians were less friendly to our message, telling us they supported the death penalty and would even pull the switch. We did manage to pass out around two hundred fliers to the people who showed the slightest signs of support or apathy. Two people actually made calls to the governor’s office on the sidewalk, opposing the execution of the mentally ill. (And if you haven’t made a call to Bredesen yet, now is the time. Just let him know that his constituents don’t agree with deliberate murder, no matter what it’s called.)

There were also some great pedestrians who stopped to let us know how much they supported the issue, including Dennis, a ticketseller who made a call to the governor, Rick, who joined us holding signs, and Brian, a Scientologist who’s active in the human rights movement.

This afternoon we’ll be out by TSU for their game, and with any luck we’ll find more great people who don’t think we have the right to kill anyone. There will probably be more death penalty supporters who think electrocuting a human being is acceptable. But it doesn’t matter: the point is that we’re getting the message out. As Harry Simpson said today, at least they’re thinking about the issue. Because you can support executions, and you can oppose them halfheartedly, but it’s hard to ignore them when a group of dynamic abolitionists is standing on the corner drawing attention. So honk for abolition-let’s get the message out!

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Getting the Message Out

I just got back from spending an hour on the corner of 21st Avenue North and Blakemore/Wedgewood with six terrific TCASK volunteers getting the message out to everyone stuck in rush hour traffic about the state of Tennessee’s intention to execute a mentally ill man on Tuesday. We held signs, talked to passers by, and handed out over 250 flyers with information on Daryl Holton’s case and a message for the Governor along with his phone number. Even if only a fraction of those people call, not a bad way to spend an hour. In addition to which we got two media hits out of the event, including an interview on News Channel 5 which should air at 10:00 tonight, if anyone’s watching.

Plus, it was a fun time. And it’s not too late for you to get in on the fun. We’ll be doing two more public education events tomorrow, at 10:30 am at 25th and West End and at 5:00 pm at Woodland and 2nd. Why those places? Because you want to go where the people are, and those two places are where Vanderbilt and TSU will be playing their football games tomorrow. So come and join us. Just meet us at the TCASK office (at 508 Main Street) a half an hour before the event. Give us a call at (615) 256-3906 and let us know that you’re coming and that you want to participate, and we’ll make sure that we have enough signs and flyers for you.

And thanks again to James, Jennifer, Lillian, Paul, Andrea, and Melissa, a great group that certainly got ‘er done this evening.

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Waiting



As of this writing, the U.S. Sixth Circuit has still not ruled on the appeal and application for a stay brought on behalf of Daryl Holton by the Federal Public Defender’s Office. While Holton has been diagnosed with major depression and PTSD, the state has consistently maintained that he is mentally competent to waive his appeals and “volunteer” for execution.

But, as abolitionists, we’re not going to sit around and wait on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. We have work to do (check out our schedule below and see when you can help out). This case demonstrates how vast the gulf is between our scientific understanding of mental illness and the legal definition of competence. The state doesn’t deny that Holton suffers, both now and at the time of the crime, from mental illness, but it still maintains, just as it did in the cases of Paul Dennis Reid and Gregory Thompson, that individuals with serious mental illnesses are competent to make legal decisions or to be executed. With around 25% of death row inmates suffering from severe mental illnesses, this is a serious issue that must be addressed, and TCASK intends to continue to bring it to the public attention.

But for right now, get ready to hit the streets, because we aren’t going to wait around and do nothing. Come out and join us at one of the times listed below and then everyone get ready for Monday when we’ll rally at the capitol and then march to Holy Name to make our opposition to an immoral and ineffective public policy as clear as day!

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Stop the Execution of Daryl Holton

Daryl Holton’s execution is still scheduled for September 19th, despite clear evidence of his severe mental illness. As the execution approaches, it is incumbent upon us to make the public aware of this grievous miscarriage of justice. Therefore, TCASK needs you to stand up and be counted!

On Friday evening and twice during the day on Saturday we will position ourselves in small teams at busy intersections and use signs and flyers to alert Tennesseans to the homicide to be carried out in their names on September 19th. TCASK teams will be doing similar actions around the state. TCASK will provide the signs and flyers, but we need you to provide the people.

We need people at the following times:

Friday, September 15th, 4:30 – 6:00 (meet at the TCASK office at 4:00) – 12 volunteers

Saturday, September 16th, 10:30 – 12:00 (meet at the TCASK office at 10:00) – 6 volunteers
5:00 – 6:30 (meet at the TCASK office at 4:45) – 8 volunteers

Sunday, September 17th, 5:30 – 8:30 Phone banking at the Nashville Peace and Justice Center – 6 volunteers (please bring cell phones)

Please email alex@tcask.org as soon as possible and let me know when you can help and please feel free to forward this announcement to other interested individuals.

Thank you for your commitment to abolition. With your help, I know that we can stop this execution and eventually bring about an end to the barbaric spectacle of state sponsored killings in Tennessee.

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Holton’s Case Appealed to the Sixth Circuit

The East Tennessee Federal Public Defenders have appealed Judge Thomas Phillip’s decision that Daryl Holton is mentally competent to end his appeals to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court. The crux of their appeal is that the District Court unconstitutionally denied Holton’s attorneys the chance to present evidence contrary to that of the court appointed expert, even though they had other experts who had evaluated Holton ready to testify that he was not mentally competent to waive his appeals.

Considering the fact that no one contests the fact that Holton suffers from severe mental illness, including major depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it seems only fair that courts should here testimony from all relevant sources. Yet the Federal P.D.s were not allowed to present their own witnesses or have any meaningful contact with the court appointed evaluator, leaving no one specifically looking after Holton’s interest in a clear violation of his constitutional rights.

While we are hopeful that this appeal will be successful, TCASK will continue to prepare to oppose the execution until we can be absolutely sure that there is a stay that will hold in place. So check your emails and get ready to take action on Monday or even this weekend.

You can read the full appeal here.

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Immoral, Unethical, and Unholy

This week’s Register, the official paper of the Catholic Diocese of Middle Tennessee, ran a very good article about the upcoming executions in Tennessee. It’s really wonderful to see my Catholic church making public its opposition to the brutal practice of state killing. As we move toward a moratorium and future abolition, all kinds of messengers are going to be crucial, but using the powerful moral messages of churches that are opposed to capital punishment, especially here in the buckle of the Bible belt, is a tool too powerful to overlook. So thank you to Rick Musacchio and all the great reporters over at the Register and, of course, Bishop David Choby. We appreciate your compelling voices.

Read the whole article here.

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