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June, 2007



24 Hours To Go!

24 hours from now, at 9:00 am Thursday morning, Rep Mike Turner will hold a press conference calling on the Governor to free Paul House after more than 22 years on Tennessee’s death row! Rep. Turner will be joined by Joyce House, Paul’s mother, a representative of Murder Victim’s Families for Human Rights, and a number of other members of the Tennessee General Assembly. They will present a letter to Governor Bredesen, signed by over 25 legislators, both Democrat and Republican, abolitionists and death penalty supporters. The point is, Paul House’s case transcends the partisan divide, or even the debate about the morality of capital punishment. House has been incarcerated for nearly half of his life for a crime for which the United States Supreme Court says no reasonable jury would convict him!

So come out tomorrow at 9:00 to Room 30 of Legislative Plaza at the Tennessee State Capitol and show your support for Paul House. As usual, the Nashville Scene is already on top of the story, posting an article in its online blog today! We continue to pray that the Governor will do the right thing and get House home to his mother rather than allow a very sick and innocent man to die in prison.

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More Good News Nationally

This week’s Newsweek carries a great interview with the Death Penalty Information Center’s Director, Richard Dieter, discussing the growing distrust of the death penalty in America. In fact, a new national poll finds that 58% of Americans would support a nationwide moratorium! That’s not as high as the percentage of Tennesseans (66%) who would support a moratorium in our state, but it’s incredible that the message that innocent people get sentenced to death and that the death penalty is unfair has shaken support for the death penalty to such a degree.

Check out the whole story here.

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Myth: The Death Penalty Deters Murder

As many of you know, a June 10 Associated Press article pointed to statistical studies from the University of Colorado at Denver and Emory University claiming to demonstrate that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to homicide. What I haven’t seen in the press are the follow up studies by top social scientists, such as Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University, which reject those conclusions as well as the flawed methodology used to reach them.

However, ACLU staff attorney, Cassy Stubbs, recently summarized the various problems with the Emory and U of Colorado studies while referring to more reliable studies, which showed that the death penalty not only does not have a deterrent effect on the murder rate but may actually increase the number of murders. In fact, one of the Emory researchers claiming the deterrent effect, Joanna Shepherd, published her own study of various states with the death penalty which showed that the death penalty did deter murder in 6 states, but increased murder in 13 states, while having no effect in 8.

While I admit, wading through these statistics can be tedious, for me, the telling facts about deterrence are fairly straightforward. States without the death penalty continue to have lower murder rates than do states with the death penalty; and Southern states, accounting for over 80% of executions in the U.S., have consistently higher murder rates than the other four regions of the country. Let’s face it, if executions had any deterrent effect, Texas would have little violent crime, which, as we know, is not the case.

Considering the fact that all other Western, industrialized nations have abolished the death penalty and have much lower violent crime rates than the U.S., we would be wise to expend our resources and energy in examining the root causes of the violence in our country and exploring ways to prevent murders (i.e. early childhood programs, increased numbers of police officers on the streets, education and job training, more mental health care and drug treatment programs) as opposed to spending millions of dollars to react to the violence once a life has been taken.

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Garage Sale + Waffle House = A Great Saturday


Who here doesn’t enjoy a good old fashioned garage sale? Furthermore, who here loves raising money to free an innocent man off of Tennessee’s death row? Paul House’s family members and TCASK put on a garage sale in Knoxville on Saturday June 16th to do just that. The garage sale was chock full of a variety of items thoughtfully donated by members of the local community and the organizers of the garage sale. Special thanks go out to Susan Bowen, Pam House, and Paul’s mother, Joyce House. They put up numerous signs for the garage sale and spent an entire Saturday sitting in the hot sun peddling items to passerby’s and supporters of our cause.

Early mornings are TCASK’s specialty as the organizers departed Nashville at 445 AM and arrived at 830 to get the party started. At the garage sale Alex, Kathryn Lea, and Isaac incited conversation and discussion on Paul House’s case, the Tennessee death penalty, romance novels, and alien shaped water bottles as we explained the purpose to our fundraising event. Overall the garage sale was a success as we raised valuable funds that will be put forth to freeing Paul House as well as signing up new TCASK members to stay informed on and champion death penalty abolition.

The trip would not be complete however until a timely trip to a nearby Waffle House where our busy organizers gorged themselves on the delicious hash browns that W.H. has perfected. The variety of items available to top the delicious potatoes (tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, ham, and much more) is no different than the plethora of problems with our state’s capital punishment system. Not my greatest analogy, but we all still have Waffle House on the mind!

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Bredesen and Mumpower Called Out by Hometown Paper!

Today’s Bristol Herald-Courier carries an editorial in support of the legislature’s passage of the death penalty study bill. What!? The Tri-cities!? Isn’t that the conservative section of the state? Well maybe so, but maybe the message that Tennessee’s death penalty system is broken is getting out there. The Courier points out that nearly all of Tennessee’s death row inmates are poor, people of color are overly represented and often tried by all-white juries, and nearly half are overturned on appeal.

But what is even better is that the paper calls out House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower for voting against the legislation, and this is Mumpower’s hometown paper! It reads in part:
The text of the bill offers no clues. Surely Mumpower agrees that the state should “exercise the utmost care in matters of life and death” and that “the execution of an innocent person by the state of Tennessee would be a grave and irreversible injustice”? Or that the criminal just system must be “impartial, equitable, competent [and] accurate” and meet the needs of victims’ family members?
Is Mumpower trying to prove his conservative credentials – to be known as the lawmaking equivalent of a hanging judge?

Watching the vote on this bill, I was pretty shocked as well that 14 members of the House would vote against a study, with bi-partisan sponsorship, that seeks to guarantee that innocent people aren’t executed.

But what’s even better, the editorial calls on the Governor to halt executions until the study is complete: We urge the governor to use his power to stop any executions during the study period. It’s the right thing to do. How often do you hear that? So hats off to the Courier for a courageous, rational, and thoughtful stance!

Check out the entire piece here.

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TOTI is coming to town—and he’s not Italian

The weekend of June 29th through July 1st will be a very special one for TCASK as we will be holding our first ever training institute—the TCASK Organizer Training Institute. The weekend will be focused on the keystones of organizing as we spread the skills and messages to folks ready to take action in their individual communities. As an organizer the instances that I have felt the most empowered is when I empower others to take action. To see passionate individuals realize that they have the ability within themselves to effectively recruit new volunteers, sustain those volunteers, take action through planning events, and then build power through coalition building is truly an amazing sight. TOTI will give our citizen action takers those skills as we spread the message to the West, the East, and Middle Tennessee giving us more power and access in our state office in Nashville.

TOTI will focus on the three main themes of organizing: recruitment and sustainability, taking action, and coalitions. We will touch on a plethora of topics such as: what an organizer is, volunteer recruitment, power building, planning a campaign, coalition building, event planning, meeting facilitation, and more. The weekend will involve guest facilitators (despite the handsomeness of Alex and I we would like to provide others to look at), films, fun and games, outdoor activities, and food prepared by us!

For anyone out there interested in attending please apply to Alex at alex@tcask.org. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned organizer or a newbie, it is the interest in ending the death penalty that binds us together. Therefore, TOTI will give individuals the skills to channel their passion into effective campaigns. I highly encourage people to apply—an added bonus is that we are holding it at one of our most awesome supporter’s farm in Cookeville. I’ve been told it is a truly beautiful place, fitting as we hope to make this world a little bit more beautiful by ridding it of the ugliness that is the death penalty.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

What!? That’s right, after a guilty verdict, the burden of proof turns around. Yesterday, NPR did the first installment of its two part story on Larry Petersen, New Jersey’s most recent exoneree. Petersen spent 17 years in prison for a rape and murder that he did not commit. Finally DNA evidence proved him not guilty, but now he’s still fighting to get the state to acknowledge that he is innocent, despite New Jersey’s admission that he is no longer guilty of the crime. If that sounded confusing to you, then join the club, and welcome to the backwards and contradictory world of capital litigation.

Check out NPR’s story here.

The comments by “anonymous” on the previous post, refusing to acknowledge the most basic facts in the case of Tennessee’s own Paul House, made me think of the Petersen case. Even after the Supreme Court ruling, even after DNA testing, will we ever acknowledge that Paul House did not commit the crime for which he’s been on death row for 22 years.

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My very first TCASK blog on this very important day

I’d like to first take the opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about who I am before I talk about the significance of June 12th. I was born in Seattle, WA on March 22, 1984. My time there was fleeting as my childhood consisted of frequent moves to the states of Nebraska, California, Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona. I attended Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) and graduated this past May with a degree in Justice Studies. I love all sports but adore soccer the most and have recently started playing in a weekly pickup game on Sundays at 3 at JT Moore junior high school. If there are any soccer players out there, I encourage you to join in! Music is my other passion and some of my favorite artists include Michael Franti, Keller Williams, The Roots, and Bob Marley.

I can’t begin to express to you what it means to me to be in this position as TCASK’s field organizer. There are so many causes and issues out there to advocate for and while in college I was engrossed in turning out young people to vote and encouraging our university’s administration to become more environmentally friendly. While those campaigns were incredibly rewarding, the opportunity to work on an issue that has plagued our country since our existence called out louder than any other. The level of passion I have viewed in my short time here amongst Tennessee’s abolitionists is inspiring and I promise to do my best to match your focus and intensity as I spread our important message across this great state.

June 12, 2007 marks the one year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling that in the case of Paul House “no reasonable juror viewing the record as a whole would lack a reasonable doubt.” In other words, no juror in America would find Paul House guilty of the 1985 murder of Carolyn Muncey. I have just begun studying this case and some of the most alarming facts I found include: weak eye witness accounts, exculpatory DNA evidence in regards to the blood and semen samples that played a large role in convicting House, strong evidence pointing towards tampering by police officers, strong evidence pointing towards Hubert Muncey’s guilt. The list goes on and on and any individual, or the highest court in our country, will conclude that House’s conviction was utterly wrong.

Furthermore, while on death row Paul House was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an extremely painful and debilitating disease. Paul House has spent almost the entirety of my life in prison. When I think back to all that I’ve experienced in the past 23 years and then envision Paul, an innocent man, confined to prison and kept away from his loving mother, it makes me want to cry. So, let’s continue to work hard by encouraging our legislatures and senators to sign on to the letter asking Governor Bredesen to free Paul House and send him home to his mother.

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Introducing Isaac!

Today is the first work day for TCASK’s new field organizer, Isaac Kimes! Isaac is a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Justice Studies Program and comes to TCASK after a long (believe me, it was really REALLY long) and involved hiring process, highly qualified, motivated, and recommended! Isaac has done extensive work with the Public Interest Research Group in Arizona, working on civil engagement, environmental advocacy, and higher education work. TCASK is thrilled to have Isaac joining our staff, and he should make his introduction to our blog by the end of the day or so!

Welcome, Isaac!

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General Assembly Calls for Study of Death Penalty

TCASK Press Release:

Bi-partisan Legislation Passes Overwhelmingly

Nashville: Today the House of Representatives passed legislation creating a study commission to examine Tennessee’s death penalty system, which opponents have long held to be deeply flawed. The legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate on May 24th, was approved in the House by a vote of 79-14 with 2 members present but not voting. The legislation was introduced by Senator Doug Jackson (D-Dickson) and Representative Rob Briley (D-Nashville) in the House. The House version of the bill was co-sponsored by members of both perties from across the state.

“Today, the Tennessee General Assembly took a stand on the side of justice and fairness,” said Stacy Rector, Executive Director of the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing, one of the organizations supporting the legislation. “Tennessee’s death penalty system is dangerously broken, and the legislature should be commended for acknowledging these flaws and taking steps to fix them.”

Several months ago, the American Bar Association released an assessment of Tennessee’s capital punishment system which found that the state was in full compliance with only 7 of the 93 benchmarks put forward to guarantee a fair functioning of the death penalty. Tennessee was found to sentence people to death in a biased manner along racial, economic, and geographic lines, and to sentence people with severe mental illness to death. Even more frighteningly, the state was found to have inadequate avenues for addressing questions of factual innocence of death row inmates.

“Tennessee has a death row of over 100 individuals,” said Rector, “and the largest legal organization in the country has said that we do not even have the proper mechanisms in place to guarantee that we do not execute an innocent person. Tennesseans deserve a system we can trust, and our current system doesn’t meet that standard.”

The study commission will consist of representatives of the House, Senate, Governor, attorneys on both sides of the process, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and victims’ advocates. The study will last one year from the appointment of the commission.

“Tennessee’s death penalty is riddled with flaws, from economic, racial, and geographic disparities in death sentencing to the real threat of executing an innocent person” said Rector. “This study is an essential step in ensuring that true justice prevails in our justice system.”

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