Death Penalty Links
Japan Suspands Death Penalty — November 1, 2005 - Japan's new justice minister says he will suspend the death penalty, a move that would leave the United States as the only major industrialized country to practice capital punishment.
Alabama Death Penalty
A 5 part series on the fairness of the death penalty in the State of Alabama – source Birmingham News.
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Death Penalty Cases
TOMMY ZEIGLER - DEATH ROW FLORIDA - Added September 16, 2009 - Tommy Zeigler has been on Florida's Death Row for 33 years without a new trial despite new evidence!
Tony Medina – Texas Death Row – September 3, 2007 – An Innocent on Death Row. The history of Tony Medina. Almost 400 Men sit on Death Row at the Polunsky Unit in Texas. One of these men is Tony Medina. Tony Medina, is the 33 years old father of three children.He has been incarcerated on Death Row for the past 12 years. Tony was sentenced to die by lethal injection for a brutal drive–by shooting which left two children dead at a family party.
Anthony Mungin – Florida– May 17, 2005 – Anthony was sentenced to death on February 23, 1993. Since then, every day that he has spent on Florida's death row, he has been pay for a murder committed by another man. If the State of Florida is not stopped from executing his wrongful sentence, Anthony will pay the ultimate price., He will pay with his life for something he did not do.
Cameron Todd Willingham – Death Row Texas – December 9, 2004 – Here is a heart wrenching story of Texas executing a man, who was found to be innocent after the execution. Please pass this on to everyone you know. Prosecutors went with innuendo rather than facts. This is so common in the injustice system. I could go on and on but...see for yourself. Of course, I'll get this story posted on our website for surfers to find. Sherry Swiney Update: New findings cast doubt on Ardmore man's guilt
Luis Ramirez – Death Row Texas – Sepember 20, 2003 – My name is Luis Ramirez. In 1998 I was wrongfully convicted of the capital murder ( remuneration) of a San Angelo , Texas fireman. In laymens terms " remuneration" in a capital case means, "murder for hire." This fireman was a complete stranger to me. I had no motive, or money to have him or anyone killed. The states case against me can be described as "weak" at best. They have absolutely no tangible evidence to support this conviction. ZERO.. There is no DNA evidence, no physical evidence, no scientific evidence, no eye witnesses, not even a murder weapon. The state and the jury relied completely on the "hearsay" testimony of a PAID informant. This informant was known to the local police as a drug/informant. He is a self described "daily" drug abuser. He is also a stranger to me..He could not identify me in the court room, even though I was sitting in front of him. More...
Also See the story of the brown paper bag
Stanley Jalowiec – Ohio – Innocent on Death Row – September 7, 2003 – To those of you who do not know me, My Name is Stanley E. Jalowiec. I am 33 years old and I am on Ohio's death row for a crime I did not have anything whatsoever to do with.
Sign the Stanley E. Jalowiec innocent on Death Row Petition to the Govornor of Ohio
Mark Duke – Death Row Alabama– He was sentenced to death as a juvenile for a crime committed when he was just 16 years old.
Benny Saylor – Indiana – May 26, 2003 – The case evidence section on this web site will really give you an idea at the unfairness of Benny's trial, and that the true murderer is walking the streets. This person was never made to give any DNA sample. Benny is also on Death Row by Judge Override. The jury voted against it. Thank you for any interest or help that you can give Benny.
Rick Halperin – Arrested for fight for Human Rights: 7 Protesters Arrested at US Supreme Court – January 19, 2002
Jeffrey Havard – Mississippi Death Row – Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be stuck in a small room 24 hours a day while waiting to be executed for a crime you did not commit?! Well that is what this story is about. There is a man that is sitting on Death Row, at Parchman, Mississippi who is only 24 years old and only because the state refused to do their job (fully investigate) and serve justice. This story dates back to February 21, 2002.
Amos King– Florida Death Row – Execution date January 24, 2002
John Alba – Death Row, Texas– I am writing on behalf of my friend, John Alba, a Mexican–American man on death row at the Polunsky unit in Livingston, Texas. He is a good and kind man who is appealing against the death penalty, and is in desperate need of help. He has been on death row for ten years for the shooting of his wife. No one condones this crime, but there were many mitigating circumstances that have never been heard in front of a jury, and so all we are asking for is a chance to open your eyes and hopefully your heart to the situation he is in. His trial has been full of ineffective representation and racial prejudice, and now he needs the support of people like you to help him and his family.
Michael Taylor – Alabama Death Row – Hello. My name is Michael Taylor. I am 30 years old. I have been on death row since 1993. I have written a couple of articles which I hope will give you a better idea of what its line to be on death row. I enjoy writing, sports movies, reading and writing poetry. I am looking for someone with many of the same interests. Most people take mail and letters for granted but you have no idea what it means to receive letters and get to meet someone new. I hope you will take a chance.
The Horrors of Florida's Electric Chair Warning: This page contains graphic and potentially upsetting execution pictures.
Johnny Wm. Byrd Jr. – Innocent on Ohio's Death Row – Execution Date Set For September 12, 2001– Ohio's Electric Chair in 2001?
Richard Rossie Arizona 8–31–2001 – Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 19:18:57 –0500 I post below the latest article by Richard Rossi on death row, Arizona. Now in his 18th year on the row, and the author of a recently–published book [in French] describing his life during this prolonged period of harsh incarceration, Richie continues to campaign from his cell against the barbarity that is capital punishment.
Jerome Mallett Death Row Missouri 7–11–2001 execution
Jerome Mallett was executed in Missouri on July 11, 2001 for killing Missouri state trooper James Froemsdorf
Thomas Arthur– Alabama death row. Execution date of April 27, 2001 stayed. New execution date unknown. Thomas says he is innocent. He writes: I am purposely keeping this short. There is so very much more connected to my case it would be impossible to put on a web page. I will of course be more than glad to furnish any and all information and answer absolutely any questions if you choose to get involved.I am purposely keeping this short. There is so very much more connected to my case it would be impossible to put on a web page. I will of course be more than glad to furnish any and all information and answer absolutely any questions if you choose to get involved.
Update – Execution scheduled for September 23, 2007 stayed due to extraordinary fight by his daughter. Now she is fighting to get the DNA tested to prove her father's innocence. For more information click here http://www.thomasarthurfightforlife.com
Jay D. Scott: Tearing the fabric of life yet again – Ohio – April 17, 2001 Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
Claud Maturana – Death Row Arizona May 23, 2001 SCHIZOPHRENIC killer on death row is being treated by authorities in Arizona so he can be declared "mentally competent" and executed.
Marilyn Kay Plantz – Oklahoma Executes Woman Despite Evidence Dispute – Tuesday May 1 11:19 PM ET: Marilyn Kay Plantz, 40, was pronounced dead at 10:11 p.m. EDT, four minutes after receiving a lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row in the McAlester state prison, corrections department spokesman Jerry Massie said. Gov. Frank Keating had said on Monday he would not seek to delay the execution despite controversy over evidence presented by an Oklahoma City police chemist whose work was criticized by an FBI report made public last week.
T. Scott Cothren – Death Row – Alabama My name is T. Scott Cothren. I am a 26 year old Alabama death row inmate. I've been incarcerated since December 19, 1992...the day before my 20th birthday. In these past six years I've learned much about the so–called "Wheels of Justice." I would like to take this opportunity to pass along one of the ideas I've had, but no forum with which to convey them. I hope you find this thorough and informative.
George McFarland – Death Row Texas. George was on trial for a 1991 grocery store robbery/murder. The only reason he was arrested was because a single witness, who changed her testimony FOUR times, said he fitted the description of the perpetrator. There was no physical evidence against him, no finger prints or anything else.
In Memory of Jay Siriprongs
Jaturn "Jay" Siriprongs – Death Row California, executed February 9, 2001. This kind diminutive young man was an artistic genius, and Thai Theravada Buddhist Monk. He was murdered by the State of California on Tuesday, February 9th. Gray Davis had the chance to save his life, but he lacked the courage. See this touching tribute to a humble monk. The link to Jay's page has been taken down, but he is not forgotten.
Jeff Dicks – Death Row, passed away May 10, 1999 due to medical neglect.
In Memory of Jeff Dicks
Karla Faye Tucker
In Loving Memory Karla Faye Tucker
Murdered by the State of Texas
Bottoson executed – December 9, 2002 – Linroy Bottoson, an inmate who believed he was locked in a battle between Satan and Jesus Christ, was executed Monday for the kidnapping, robbery and slaying of the Eatonville postmistress 23 years ago.
Death Penalty Organizations and News
Death Penalty Arguments – November 14, 2005 – Presented here are pros and cons from across the country. Patrick Crusade is not for the death penalty. We do however like to offer everyone's views in the hope that reading these opinions will help readers make some sense of death penalty, if that is even possible.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has directed federal prosecutors in New York and Connecticut to seek the death penalty in a dozen cases in which they had recommended lesser sentences. Mr. Ashcroft's orders are a triumph of ideology over good prosecutorial practice. The Bush administration should reconsider them.
The Moratorium Campaign – Terrorist Attacks Affirm Need for a Paradigm Shift
by Sister Helen Prejean, csj – September 17, 2001 I'm on a U.S. Airways plane – half – filled – on my way back to New Orleans after a week of cancelled speaking engagements. I've seen American flags everywhere – in shops, on people's suitcases, on the lapels of pilots and flight attendants. Everybody's been glued to the T.V. looking in disbelief at the sight of our own planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Everybody's swapping stories of the horrors: a couple, holding hands, jumping to their deaths from 80 stories up; the man on one of the high jacked planes calling his wife on his cell phone, "We took a vote, we're going to overpower them, goodbye, I love you." Anti–Death Penalty Organization
Myself and some friends have started a non–profit organization to protest the death penalty and living conditions on death row. We really need help with letter writing and doing research to make a data base of all the death row prisons, addresses for wardens, state officials and so on. If you can spare some time each month to help us out with this great cause then please e–mail me at PsBabyBear01@aol.com so we can get the ball rolling!
Clergy Coalition to End Executions The Death Penalty is a Hate Crime! The staff at the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches have been quite gracious in helping us communicate this very important message to you...an urgent request as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights continues to address the horrendous and horrifying hate crime of capital punishment. We are writing to ask for your prayers and to encourage you to sign a petition calling for a Moratorium on executions.
Committing To Conscience Anti–Death Penalty Conference Sister Helen Prejean, William Schabas, Amnesty International Coordinators –– speak to the fact that the United States of America is the only Western Industrialized nation in the world that still sanctions the death penalty. Listen and watch on RealPlayer.
Death Penalty Focus of California Death Penalty Focus of California is a non–profit organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment. We believe that the death penalty is an ineffective and brutally simplistic response to the serious and complex problem of violent crime. Membership to Death Penalty Focus is open to all concerned individuals. If you would like to become a member, you may now join on–line or e–mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angels of Death Row From Daily Record Scotland America's most violent men are among Pamela Rodgers' friends.
Death Row Texas Deathrow Begone – Moratorium NOW! Before more kids, mentally impared, and even innocent people are murdered! Those that don't stand up and speak against the Injustices, Human Rights Violations, and wrongs carried out against the people of the earth, are standing for it. And are guilty of these acts when they know, and do nothing to try and stop it within their means. Are you guilty?!? Think about it... George McFarland – in Death Row Texas
International Abolitionist Directory In response to the growing need for Abolitionists the world over to successfully and easily connect, I have created an online database, The International Abolitionist Directory. This directory is not of organizations but of individuals. The current version is in English only, though a multilingual version might happen someday! If you are capable of translating from English into any language, please contact the webmaster for more information. You can also click here to go to the NCADP abolitionist directory (organizations listed by state).
Looking at the Death Penalty: A compendium of Death Penalty Resources. The PBS program, Frontline broadcast a program last spring explored the story behind the movie Dead Man Walking. The highly acclaimed motion picture's main subject Sister Helen Prejean has been a spiritual advisor to inmates on death row was featured.
Mental illness no stranger to Alabama's Death Row – May 28, 2000 The National Mental Health Association estimates that as many as 10 percent of the nation's Death Row inmates have serious mental illnesses. Since 1983, more than 60 inmates have been executed nationwide despite mental illness or mental retardation, the group said.
The wrong men on Death Row – U.S. News & World Report November 9, 1998 A growing number of bad convictions challenges the death penalty's fairness. Gary Gauger's voice was flat when he called 911 to report finding his father in a pool of blood. Police arrived at the Illinois farmhouse Gauger shared with his parents and discovered that his mother was dead, too. The 40–year–old son, a quirky ex–hippie organic farmer, became a murder suspect. After all, someone had slashed Ruth and Morrie Gauger's throats just 30 feet from where Gary slept. There were no signs of a struggle or robbery. But what most bothered the cops was the son's reaction: He quietly tended to his tomato plants as they investigated. Eventually, Gauger was sentenced to die by lethal injection–until it became clear police had the wrong guy. His case is not unusual.
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (May 6, 2001 9:45 p.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) – A college sophomore who interviewed 50 executioners and death row guards says that rather than dehumanizing inmates or behaving coldly toward them, they think often about their emotions and well–being.
Oklahoma Legislators Call for Moratorium on Death Penalty – May 21, 2001 At a news conference Friday in the state capitol Blue Room, Representatives Opio Toure and Don Ross announced a resolution they are introducing which calls for a one–year moratorium on executions in Oklahoma. Senators Angela Monson and Maxine Horner are also sponsoring the resolution, but could not be at the news conference.
We don't believe in the death Penalty: Have you ever heard of RICH people on death row? How come, can it be this is because they can afford good lawyers? Isn't it supposed to be equal justice for all? My conclusion, if you have the Capital you don't get the Punishment
STOP GOV. BUSH'S KILLING SPREE BETTY LOU BEETS, ODELL BARNES & KAMAU WILKERSON ARE ALL OF US! The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement wants you to join us as we demand an immediate moratorium on executions. Why? Because Gov. George W. Bush and the wealthy rulers of Texas use the death penalty like a gun pointed at the heads of poor and working people–especially African Americans, Latino/as, other people of color, and white workers.
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty: Evidence of innocence is irrelevant! ––Mary Sue Terry, former Attorney General of Virginia (replying to an appeal to introduce new evidence from a prisoner sentenced to death)