Saturday, March 23, 2013

WY Death Row: Dale Wayne Eaton

Judge: No mental evaluation needed of Wyoming death row inmate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge on Friday denied a request from the state of Wyoming to allow its mental-health expert to examine the state's lone death row inmate.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne ruled that lawyers for the state can review a report from a psychiatrist retained by inmate Dale Wayne Eaton's own legal team once it's finished in coming months. While Johnson said he wouldn't let the state's expert examine Eaton, he said it's possible he could review that decision later.

Eaton, 59, is challenging the constitutionality of the death sentence he received for the 1988 rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell, 18, of Billings, Mont. [Read full article at ]

"Keep fighting this fight": Troy Davis

Mary Neal, director
Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee Congratulates Maryland

Today is the 18-month anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis. The Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee honors Troy Davis's final request to "continue to fight this fight" to clear his name and end the death penalty. Congratulations, Maryland, for repealing capital punishment! The Washington Post reports:

"The 82 to 56 vote in the House of Delegates, which followed two hours of debate, reflected a growing unease among lawmakers in Maryland and across the country that the risk of putting an innocent person to death remains too great with the death penalty in place."

Hundreds of condemned men were exonerated after wrongful convictions by post-conviction evidence and DNA test results, thanks to work by organizations like the Innocence Project and Amnesty International. However, it was probably the wrongful execution of potentially innocent men like Troy Anthony Davis that had the greatest impact. Troy Davis was killed by the State of Georgia on September 21, 2011, with his guilt unproved. See a video about the Troy Davis execution at YouTube link See the video embedded below.

Maryland joins 17 states in terminating capital punishment. Bills have been introduced in other states to also free taxpayers of the expense and moral sin of potentially shedding innocent blood.

Mary Neal, director, Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee