Thursday, November 6, 2014

Webcasts: UN CAT Reviews USA on DP and More


By: UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) GENEVA, Nov. 6, 2014 - The UN Committee against Torture is due to review the USA on 12 and 13 November in sessions that will be webcast live.

The USA is one of the 156 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 10 independent experts. The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the US government delegation and also hear from NGOs.

Public sessions: 10:00-12:00 (04:00-06:00 EST) on 12 November, 15:00-18:00 (09:00-12:00 EST) on 13 November
Venue: Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva - Live webcast: 

Among the possible issues to be discussed: extraterritorial application of the Convention; CIA’s secret detention, extraordinary rendition and interrogation programme; Guantanamo Bay detainees held indefinitely without charge or trial; investigation and prosecution of those responsible for torture or ill-treatment of detainees; immigration enforcement abuses; death penalty, alleged administration of untested lethal drugs; police brutality; prolonged solitary confinement; protection of prisoners against violence; sexual violence in US military.

Further information and the USA’s report are available at: 

The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 28 November.
A news conference is scheduled for Friday 28 November at 14:00 at Palais des Nations in Geneva when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations on the USA and the other countries being reviewed – Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela, Australia, Burundi, Croatia, and Kazakhstan.

To learn more about the Committee against Torture, please visit: 



You are invited watch the webcasts and discuss them during broadcasts on "Human Rights Demand" channel at Blogtalkradio on Nov. 12 and 13 (the time will be announced here). The Davis-MacPhail Truth Committee is interested in solitary confinement, capital punishment, prisoner rape, and other tortures. Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") is especially interested in the executions of persons with mental illness and low I.Q. scores. AIMI plans an action in International Court in 2015 involving up to 100 claimants of (i) persons with mental illness and/or drug/alcohol addictions, and (ii) people who were victimized by mentally ill people and/or drug/alcohol addicts who were denied timely, appropriate treatment. We seek restitution for and/or relief from police brutality, prison torture, long-term homelessness, and other discrimination against mentally disabled people in the USA. Visit the blog AIMI-HumanRights for more information at
http://AIMI-HumanRights.blogspot.com

Four url links and three photographs are on this web page.
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Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
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~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fed and State Employees Support NCADP


National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty CFC # is:  11946
Dear Mary,
If you are an employee of our federal or state government, you can stand up as part of the 90 million strong and show your support for an end to the death penalty by contributing to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty using payroll deduction through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)? Be sure to use the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's CFC number (11946) when you sign up, and your tax-deductible donation will be automatically deducted from your paycheck.  It's that easy!  
Committing to support the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty through your CFC designation is one of the best ways you can help in our struggle to end the death penalty. And it's an easy way that you can show that the 90 million strong includes people who serve our country daily.
Remember to use CFC number (11946) to help us abolish the death penalty once and for all.  Thank you for standing with us.
Sincerely,
Diann Rust-Tierney
Executive Director
P.S. Designating CFC number (11946) with your charitable contribution will enable the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty to engage the millions of Americans who believe the death penalty is unfair. It is time to take a stand and end the death penalty once and for all. Please also consider an extra one-time contribution to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at this time.
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"Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
Anti-DP message by Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")

Friday, September 19, 2014

ACLU vs. PA over DP Drugs


ACLU sues Pennsylvania for information about lethal injection cocktail
SEPT. 11, 2014
The Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, The Guardian, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Philadelphia City Papers are asking state courts to unseal documents that would reveal how, and from whom, the state obtained the drugs it plans to use to execute Hubert Michael, Jr. on September 22.

Hubert L. Michael Jr. pled guilty in October 1994 to kidnapping and first-degree murder for the death of 16-year-old Trista Eng. On July 12, 1993, Eng was walking along Route 15 from her home to her summer job at a restaurant in Dillsburg, York County. Michael stopped and offered the girl a ride to work, which she accepted. Michael drove to state game lands in Warrington Township, York County, where he shot Eng three times with a handgun and then hid her body in the woods.

Michael's execution will not restore Eng's life. Neither is execution necessary to save society from the murderer. Life without parole would accomplish that. Therefore, Michael's execution could only be a revenge killing. If the capital punishment is carried out, then Michael may be subjected to a lengthy, torturous execution using mystery drugs like other condemned people were this year. A state's refusal to release information about execution drugs should necessitate an automatic moratorium.

The last execution in Pennsylvania occurred in July 1999, when Philadelphia torture killer Gary Heidnik was put to death after surrendering his appeals. More information about the history of Pennsylvania executions is available at http://www.cor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_penalty/17351/history/607968

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"Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
Anti-DP article by Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DP with Mystery Drugs Resumes

Dear Friends,

It happened again. Last night, the state of Missouri put to death Earl Ringo, Jr., despite concerns about the role that race played in determining his death sentence and despite an outpouring of pleas to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon from people of faith, civil rights leaders and activists to halt the execution. This execution, like so many others, took place under a cloud of secrecy with Department of Corrections officials dissembling about when and whether they were using or would use Midazolam, the drug that has been at the center of controversy in the recent spate of botched and horrific executions.

I learned for the first time last Wednesday that DOC officials in Missouri administer Midazolam to prisoners before the execution actually “begins.” They claim that this procedure is consistent with the practice of offering the condemned prisoner a sedative to calm nerves before the execution.

But lawyers for Earl Ringo point out that Midazolam is not the drug normally prescribed as a sedative for nerves and the amount administered prior to the start of an execution is far more than the dosage that would be consistent with a simple ‘calming effect.’

It’s sophistry at best and government at its worst.

We are disappointed that Governor Nixon did not take full responsibility for ensuring that the death penalty system in Missouri operates in a manner that is free of racial bias and discrimination, and that Earl Ringo’s death sentence in particular was not the product of racial bias.

But here is what we are proud of: We are proud of and grateful for the legal team that was courageous, resourceful and compassionate in their efforts to save Mr. Ringo’s life.

We are proud of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and our allies in the NAACP, ACLU of Missouri, the Catholic Conference and others, and hundreds of volunteers who wrote letters, called, worked and prayed, and organized vigils to make their concerns known to Governor Nixon.

We are proud of the national coalition of organizations and leaders that came together to send a joint statement to Governor Nixon urging him to be reasonable and not go forward with this execution, given so many unanswered questions concerning the racial bias in his case.

We joined with the NAACP, the National Action Network, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Racial Justice, Hip Hop Caucus, Dr. Virgil Wood, and Reverend McBride, Director of Urban Strategies, Live Free Campaign, PICO National Network.

Unfortunately, Governor Nixon did not heed our request. We do believe in accountability.

Please contact Governor Nixon to express your deep disappointment with his failure to stop Earl Ringo’s execution. Ask him to halt all executions from now on.

Act with us. We are 90 Million Strong!

Peace,
Diann Rust-Tierney
Executive Director
admin-info@ncadp.org

p.s. Texas is set to execute Willie Trottie later today. Please contact your friends and families in Texas and urge them to make their voices hear

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Executions Down, Police Violence Up


1. Anti-death penalty advocates were elated to learn that capital punishment has been eliminated or placed on hold in 36 states in the USA partly because of torturous executions in 2014 using mystery drugs. Furthermore, NPR reported on July 16, "A federal judge has ruled that California's use of the death penalty is dysfunctional and violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney's ruling came in response to an appeal by Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 1995 for the rape and killing of his girlfriend's mother three years earlier."

2.  While executions have decreased, police killings have increased to the point that no reduction in democide actually happened. Within one month, from mid-July until mid-August, the police body count is four killings for California and one each for Utah, Missouri, Ohio, and New York. Another beer summit might be in order to withdraw military equipment from non-military government agencies, including police departments (Ref. #1, at paragraph 10).

3.  The world is increasingly alarmed at how little freedom and justice people in America actually have. Even journalists were arrested in Ferguson, Ohio during protests over Michael Brown's shooting death by Officer Darren Wilson. Some journalists were told to turn off their cameras then attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas when they refused to comply with police orders that violated their freedom of press rights. There have been injuries among Ferguson's protesters - one that was critical - but no more deaths at the time of this writing (Ref. #2, at paragraph 10). This is #ourGaza 

4.  California police fatally shot two mentally challenged people in August, including  a 19-year-old woman in crisis and Ezell Ford, 25, an unarmed black man who witnesses say committed no crime and was completely compliant with police. California police also beat a Latino young man named Omar Abrego to death. Utah police fatally shot a 20-year-old unarmed Caucasian, Dillon Taylor. See their stories at the four(4) links below.

     i.  San Jose Police killed a 19-year-old woman who had a power drill they "thought" was a gun
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/15/san-jose-police-fatally-shoot-woman-19-after-mistaking-power-drill-for-a-gun/
 

     ii.  LAPD fatally beat a young Latino father at a traffic stop
http://laist.com/2014/08/15/video_man_dies_after_bloody.php


     iii.  Ezell Ford, 25, was reportedly laid out on the ground and shot multiple times in his back by LAPD. His death was added to "Random Killings of Disabled Americans"
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2014/06/random-killings-of-disabled-americans.html


     iv.  THE EIGHTH UNARMED POLICE VICTIM WITHIN ONE MONTH - Salt Lake City police fatally shot Dillon Taylor, 20, on Aug. 13. The victim was unarmed when police confronted him, his brother says. Court documents show a $25,000 arrest warrant had been issued Aug. 7 for Taylor, alleging that he had violated his probation on earlier felony robbery and obstructing justice charges.
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58300854-78/taylor-police-lake-salt.html.csp

5.  *Note: The body count below does not include inmates killed behind bars. Inmates' deaths are often subject to government cover-ups, like the secret arrest and murder of mentally, physically disabled Larry Neal in Memphis Shelby County Jail in 2003, while the jail was operating under federal oversight. Within a month, the following eight(8) individuals fell victim to police violence:
~ Unnamed teenage female, San Jose, California / Aug. _ (mentally ill)

~ Dillon Taylor, Salt Lake City, Utah / Aug. 13
~ Dante Parker, Victorville, California / Aug. 12
~ Ezell Ford, Los Angeles, California / Aug. 11 (mentally ill)
~ Omar Abrego, Los Angeles, California / Aug. _
~ Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri / Aug. 9
~ John Crawford, Beavercreek, Ohio / Aug. 5
~ Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York / July 17


6.  Many people wonder what the point of agreement was at the WH Beer Summit of 2009. The outcome did not bode well for African Americans and other minorities or disabled people of any race or age. Little information has been released at this writing about the teenager police killed in San Jose, but five of the men in the body count were unarmed blacks, one was Latino, and one was Caucasian. What makes police officers perceive black men as being more worthy of deadly force? Three psychological studies offer answers at: 
"Cards Stacked Against Black Boys, Especially if Mentally Ill"
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2014/03/cards-stacked-against-black-boys.html


7.  The USA is a member state of the United Nations and has signed certain treaties to uphold human rights within this nation. Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) plans to bundle 100 cases evidencing overuse of force against mentally ill people during arrests, within correctional facilities, or by hospital personnel for presentation to the World Court.  Evidence presented is expected to include long-term solitary confinement torture, brutality by law enforcement, corrections officers, other inmates or inpatients, wrongful deaths, and medical neglect. Please invite persons who might have an interest in joining the Complainants to read this article in "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog:
"Police Killings Increase As Executions Decrease"

http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2014/08/police-killings-increase-as-executions.html

8.  To have your case considered for inclusion in the 100 that will be presented to the U.N., please use the contact information below. AIMI plans to request restitution for victims or their successors as well as sanctions against the USA regarding its disregard for human rights of persons with mental illness. The 100 Complainants may also include victims of aggression by untreated mentally ill people or the victims' successors. 

9.  The USA's disregard for mentally ill persons is evidenced by the fact that 1.25 million mentally dysfunctional people are imprisoned (over half of the nation's inmates). They comprise over 60 percent of prisoners in long-term solitary confinement torture, some for decades. More than 50 percent of the nation's victims of police violence are mentally ill, although no exact numbers are kept (which also evidences disregard). Additionally, tens of thousands of mentally handicapped people are homeless and/or denied psychiatric treatment unless and until they prove, usually through crimes, that they are immediately dangerous to self and others. This is likely done to preserve untreated mentally challenged Americans for use as private prison commodities, including some veterans. 

10.  Condolences to families and friends of all eight victims named in this article. Thanks to justice officials, law enforcement administrators and officers who attempt to bring justice and restore peace to affected communities without further violations against citizens' constitutional and human rights.

THREE REFERENCES
Change.org Petition: Don't Militarize My Block
In 1991, Congress established the LESO program which allows the Defense Department to transfer excess property to state agencies who request them. The property is given to agencies - police departments, fish and wildlife services, and state universities alike. the equipment is transferred as-is and must be used by the agency within a year. LESO gives agencies access to tanks, helicopters, tear gas, machine guns, armored cars, night-vision equipment, and more battlefield-tested equipment. In 2013 alone, more than $440million in supplies were doled out to agencies in all 50 states.
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-your-governor-don-t-militarize-my-block

Police critically wound man amid protests over Brown killing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/13/report-police-wound-man-in-ferguson-protest-over-michael-brown-killing/


Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/16/332093829/federal-judge-declares-death-penalty-unconstitutional-in-california

11.  First paragraph repeated: Anti-death penalty advocates were elated to learn that capital punishment has been eliminated or placed on hold in 36 states in the USA partly because of torturous executions in 2014 using mystery drugs. However, police killings have increased to the point that no reduction in democide actually happened. Within one month, from mid-July until mid-August, the police body count is four killings for California and one each for Utah, Missouri, Ohio, and New York. Another beer summit might be in order to withdraw military equipment from non-military government agencies, including police departments (Ref. #1, at paragraph 10).

12.  Eleven(11) links carrying more information are above this point in this article. Contact information with five(5) links and a comment field are below for your convenience:

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Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")
AIMI's broadcast on Blogtalkradio, 9pm PDT on Wednesdays
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1
Website about my brother: Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com/main.html
Follow and share our "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog
http://DogJusticeforMentallyIll.blogspot.com
Phone (678)531.0262 or Google Voice (571)335-1741
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~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

Monday, August 4, 2014

Zack Taylor and Tiebreaker Tell All

If it is any consolation to families of executed people and inmates on death row, executioners may reach eternity soon after or even before you. See a film by Zack Taylor, a former border patrol agent http://youtu.be/ZnkSXosZhic

PERMISSION IS GRANTED TO EMBED THIS VIDEO CONDITIONED UPON INCLUSION OF THE FOLLOWING WRITTEN ATTRIBUTION: Video courtesy of Little Bonanza Productions. For more information, please contact: lisa@littlebonanzaproductions.com


  

I knew the plan since 2009 when I read a Yahoo! Answers post by "Tiebreaker": 
"hypothetical situation, might help me in smaller matters - say your the leader of a country. it flourished for awhile but its fallen into desperate times. the population is growing very rapidly. the amout of babies being born is at the highest rate its ever been and immigrants are flooding into the land. the food is extremely scarce and if it keeps up you'll go bankrupt. the people would literally have to eat each other to survive. you have the option of enforcing a vaccine that would ultimately weed out the weak and leave the strong ill, but alive. this is your only option to survive ... what choice do you make? is it more morally correct to ensure a few some survival, or to not cross the line of inhumanity at the cost of everything ... in this instance the strong will get better, life will go on but with a dramatically reduced populace. the question remains ... " (from Yahoo Answers! May 2008)

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmRl5awFrZ8Dyr0ZSODlVcYjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20080523180155AAkrOyb
This seemed to me like an educated person trying to hide his educational status. Anyone who can spell "hypothetical" can presumably spell "you're" and "amount," etc. 

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. ~2Thes.2:10-12. 

I believe the "powerful delusion" is the idea that oppression and premeditated murder will always target "the other guy." The general populace refused to embrace the truth: Any system is dangerous for us all if it (1) refuses new trials with substantial new evidence, (2) refuses DNA tests to prove innocence, and (3) is cold enough to drag even guilty human beings down a corridor to an execution chamber and commit murder on their persons. 

Pray that you be counted worthy to escape the evil days ahead. May God bless each and every one of you with the assurance of His love and acceptance of your sincere plea for forgiveness of sin. May you seek and find His mercy, and He will welcome you into the kingdom of heaven where we have eternal life. Blessings.

First paragraph repeated: If it is any consolation to families of executed people and inmates on death row, executioners may reach eternity soon after or even before you. See a film by Zack Taylor, former border patrol agent http://youtu.be/ZnkSXosZhic
(four links are above this point in the article).
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Thanks for participating in the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" across the Internet to demand respect for all people. We "continue to fight this fight," against DP as Troy Davis asked, at the Davis-MacPhail Truth Committee. http://dmtruth.blogspot.com/

Human Rights for Prisoners March
Blogtalkradio - Monday nights at 9pm PST
Mary Neal, director
(678)531.0262


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Head Ripping Machine vs. Tennessee Electrocutions

Orion Satire: Head ripping machine for execution
http://youtu.be/lfsMMVgIToA



NOT SATIRE: Tennessee plans to resume electrocutions.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/22/us/tennessee-executions/


 

  
While normal Americans go about our daily lives, psychopaths really are devising new ways to kill people one-by-one and by the millions.

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"Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
Anti-DP article by Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com

Friday, June 27, 2014

Paul Hildwin Gets New Trial in FL

Florida Supreme Court overturned Paul Hildwin's death sentence in the 1985 Hernando murder.

Prosecutors in Paul Hildwin's original trial relied heavily on now-outdated scientific evidence that claimed to show semen and sweat found at the crime scene likely came from Hildwin, the court's ruling said. Modern DNA testing not only disproved this, but demonstrated the samples belonged to William Haverty, the boyfriend of the victim, 42-year-old Vronzettie Cox.

"We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that a significant pillar of the State's case, as presented to the jury, has collapsed and that this same evidence actually supports the defense," the court said in a 5-2 majority ruling.

"We vacate Hildwin's conviction for first-degree murder, vacate his death sentence, and remand for a new trial."
References:
FL Sup. Ct. Orders New Trial for Man Facing Death

The Innocence Project Understand the Causes for Wrongful Convictions

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"Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
Anti-DP article by Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Marcus Ellons' Georgia Execution - First Since Lockett in OK

The below post at Google+ was wrongly dated December 31, 1969, a date before personal computers or Google existed. I don't know if that means stalkers slate the post for invisibility or not. It regards a Georgia execution that occurred on June 17, 2014, the first since the botched Oklahoma execution of Lockett in April.

MaryLovesJustice Neal

Shared publicly  -  Dec 31, 1969
 
Georgia executioners had a big night on June 17. They murdered fifty-nine-year-old Marcus Wellons, an inmate convicted of rape and murder. He was the first person to be executed in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of Lockett in OK in April.http://www.christiantoday.com/article/im.going.home.to.be.with.jesus.georgia.prisoners.last.words.before.execution/38207.htm
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Court Upholds Atkins Decision (Hall v. Florida)



A divided court doubled down on its 2002 Atkins decision, ruling that Florida cannot kill Freddie Lee Hall just because his IQ has sometimes passed an arbitrary mark. ~ Hall vs. Florida, The Atlantic, May 2014

From the National Coalition to Abolish Death Penalty:

Dear Mary,
 
Incredible news: This week the  U.S. Supreme Court dealt another blow to the death penalty in the United States with a landmark decision on capital punishment and intellectual disabilities. 
 
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that a Florida death penalty statute, which had been interpreted to permit some people with intellectual disabilities to be executed, violates “our Nation’s commitment to dignity and its duty to teach human decency as the mark of a civilized world.” 
 
“The Eighth Amendment’s protection of dignity reflects the Nation we have been, the Nation we are, and the Nation we aspire to be,” said Justice Kennedy. In their decision this week, the Court reaffirmed its ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that the eighth amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment prohibited people with intellectual disabilities from being punished with death.
 
This is a powerful step towards ending capital punishment, during a critical moment for abolition. Death penalty states have attempted to continue their lethal injection experimentation on inmates, including inmates with harrowing medical issues, to no avail. 
 
Spread the word: We want to share this news far and wide. The more voices speaking out against the death penalty, the more powerful our message. 
 
Here's how you can help:
  • Share on Twitter: More Push Back on Capital Punishment; Supreme Court Rules Against Florida: ow.ly/xmuLI  #HaltAllExecutions #90mStrong PLS RT
  • Share on Facebook: WOW! More Push Back on Capital Punishment; Supreme Court Rules Against Florida---great news, and next steps, for death penalty abolition: ow.ly/xmuLI 
  • Share your story: Why do you oppose the death penalty? Share your thoughts at ncadp.tumblr.com (Already shared your story? Get your friends involved! Share the link on Twitter and Facebook, and raise up more voices from the 90 million strong.) 
The 90 million people who oppose the death penalty are online, on the ground, nationwide, fighting for change. 
 
The world is watching. 
 
The time is now.  
 
Together, we can end capital punishment. 
 
Sam Cooper
Director of National Programs
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Monday, April 28, 2014

OK Plans Double Lynching April 29; Botched Execution

Update: *Condemned black man tortured with mystery drugs in Oklahoma's death chamber.* Second execution that was planned for April 29 was postponed. "Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably . . . Robert Patton, the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered." Lockett died later of heart failure.
http://www.wfmj.com/story/25382850/okla-halts-execution-after-botching-drug-delivery


Rather than stopping after 20 minutes, according to an AP reporter in a story by NPR, it was stopped after 34 minutes. 

"According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

"He was lifting [his] head at [7:39 p.m. ET.] and he was still alive and DOC closed [the] curtain and stopped it," Cary Aspinwall tweets.

At 8:06 p.m. ET., more than an hour after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett died of a massive heart attack.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/29/308081252/oklahoma-poised-to-use-new-drug-mixture-in-double-execution

This is the worst slaughter since the Tulsa Wall Street Riot in 1921.  An estimated 10,000 blacks were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire. Estimates of black fatalities have been up to about 300. (Wikipedia)

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/After-court-drama-Oklahoma-to-have-2-executions-5426209.php 


Message from National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Tomorrow (April 29, 2014), the state of Oklahoma is set to carry out the first double execution in nearly 80 years. Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett are scheduled to be executed despite an extended legal and political tussle around the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection procedure that still has not been adequately resolved. 

If this news leaves you feeling as outraged as I feel, I encourage you to make your voice heard and share why you believe the death penalty is wrong. Only by speaking out will we be able to demonstrate the size and diversity of the community of people who believe the death penalty is wrong.

This case has changed rapidly over the past week, so in case you’re behind, here’s a quick refresher on how things have unfolded in Oklahoma:

~Oklahoma Courts originally issued stays of execution for the condemned prisoners, overriding the State’s position that it could keep the drugs and their source a secret from the prisoners and the public.
~Lawmakers in Oklahoma responded by seeking to impeach five members of the State Supreme Court.
~Governor Fallin issued an Executive Order to override the Supreme Court ruling.
Fallin’s actions became moot when the Court reversed itself and lifted the stay.
~The effort to impeach the Oklahoma Justices continues.

What we see here is an attachment to the death penalty that has moved to the extreme. Basic principles of good government including government transparency and public accountability, let alone the Constitution, have been trampled underfoot.

Ironically, these desperate and disturbing attempts to maintain the death penalty in Oklahoma may well be its undoing.

As more people confront the ugly reality of this practice, more will be moved to stand up and get involved. 90 million Americans believe that the death penalty is wrong, unfair and must end. They’re energized, they’re engaged, and they’re ready to put an end to the death penalty, sooner rather than later.

Are you one of the 90 million strong who believes the death penalty is wrong? Join us. Share your story today at NCADP.tumblr.com.

Sincerely,
Diann Rust-Tierney
Executive Director


National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
(link to NCADP at Facebook)


Paragraph 1 repeated: Update: *Condemned black man tortured with mystery drugs in Oklahoma's death chamber.* Second execution that was planned for April 29 was postponed. "Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably . . . Robert Patton, the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered." Lockett died later of heart failure.
http://www.wfmj.com/story/25382850/okla-halts-execution-after-botching-drug-delivery

Published as a public service by
Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

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Friday, March 7, 2014

CNN Death Row Stories Documentaries

On Sunday, March 9th, CNN will premiere its original series Death Row Stories, described by CNN as:
Death Row Stories is a series of one-hour documentaries. Each episode attempts to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case. Executive produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford and narrated by Susan Sarandon, these stories call into question various beliefs surrounding America's justice system and the death penalty.
Director Alex Gibney said, “The series provides stark examples of the struggle between the powerful and the powerless.  The stakes – life or death – couldn’t be higher.”
We see this as more evidence of a change in the debate around capital punishment and a shift away from this practice. Will you help us get the word out to your networks and ask everyone you know to watch it?
NCADP staff will be watching and tweeting about the show using the hastags #deathrowstories and #90millionstrong. Please watch and tweet your comments too!
We encourage you to host a watch party either virtually or at your home. Send us a picture if you do, and we will post it!
We also encourage you to post your reflection and a summary of the episode on Facebook to share with your network. Be sure to tag us so we can share your post!
The momentum away from the death penalty is undeniable! This is not the type of thing that we would have expected to see seven years ago, but with more states taking a closer look at the practice and concluding that it is unworkable it is certainly timely.
Death Row Stories will screen every Sunday for five weeks starting this Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT. Be a part of the conversation!
Here are two other easy ways you can plug into the growing national dialogue about the flaws and failure of the death penalty:
  1. Express why you are among the 90 million Americans who believe the death penalty is wrong by posting your statement to our Tumblr page if you have not done so already.
  2. Contact friends and family in New Hampshire! The state House of Representatives is set to debate and vote on a death penalty repeal bill onWednesday, March 12thPlease tell people you know in New Hampshire to contact their representatives today to express their support for ending the death penalty.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Anita
Anita Grabowski
Communications Director
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Friday, February 28, 2014

Truth Emerges re Willingham Execution


WRONGFUL EXECUTION -- Cameron Todd Willingham was an innocent man who Texas executed on February 17, 2004. The Innocence Project recently uncovered evidence that Webb, the state's witness against Willingham, was promised a reduced sentence to implicate Willingham. Willingham was convicted for arson deaths of his three children by (1) faulty science and (2) Webb's testimony. Saying "DEATH to the DEATH PENALTY" is the only way to guarantee that innocent people are never executed.

Webb recanted prior to Willingham’s execution, stating that he had been forced by John Jackson, the then-district attorney, to provide false testimony in exchange for favorable treatment in the form of a reduced robbery charge in his own criminal case. Willingham’s lawyer was never told of Webb’s recantation. Willingham was murdered by Texas, and John Jackson became a judge. He has now retired.

Innocence Project reports developments in "New Evidence Emerges in Texas Wrongful Execution Case"
http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/New_Evidence_Emerges_in_Texas_Wrongful_Execution_Case.php

NY Times reported that Willingham's cousin Patricia Cox said that if an exoneration does occur, the family has no plans to press for damages. “We’re not asking compensation,” she said. “We’re asking justice.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/us/evidence-of-concealed-jailhouse-deal-raises-questions-about-a-texas-execution.html

The University of Michigan Law School Innocence Clinic says most wrongful convictions are caused by:
  • Eyewitness Misidentification 
  • Junk Science 
  • False Confessions 
  • Government Misconduct 
  • Lying Snitches 
  • Bad Lawyering
Willingham was wrongfully convicted and executed because of junk science, government misconduct, and a lying snitch who later recanted his testimony, but the justice system was not interested in the truth. 

Other articles by this writer about Willingham's murder by Texas:
The Wrongful Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham

Cameron Todd Willingham's Wrongful Execution - and Others

Help Todd Willingham Rest in Peace - Clear the Name of Wrongly Executed Texan ~ Care2 News

Thank you to all employees and supporters of the Innocence Project who fight wrongful executions every day.


10 Things Anyone Can Do To Help Exonerate Innocent People and 
Prevent Wrongful Convictions

MaryLovesJustice Neal
Director of Davis-MacPhail Truth Committee
Phone 678.531.0262 

The Willingham Family