Posts Tagged ‘Death Penalty’
In this documentary, set to be released in 2011, David Kaczynski sets out to tell the story of turning in the most sought after criminal in US history, his brother Ted, the notorious Unabomber. David’s journey intersects with three others, Gary Wright, Bud Welch and Bill Babbitt (and now, a fourth, Bob Curley), who together put a face on the death penalty and unexpectedly place the American justice system on trial.
The film follows the four men as they travel from New York to Texas, from Oklahoma to California on a road that takes them beyond crime and punishment and into their hearts and minds in “An American Journey.”
David is the Executive Director of New Yorkers For Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
See the trailer here http://www.qofj.com/media/AAL/Americanlife.html
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The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has sued every inmate on death row, in an effort to block any one of them from challenging the state’s lethal injection procedures.
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David Dow’s new book The Autobiography of an Execution chronicles his own life as a defense lawyer for inmates on death row.“I do not want my clients to be killed, and I can’t stand them,” he writes.
Read more about the book here.
Scott Langley, photojournalist and human rights activist, put together a series of photographs over eight years that he called the “Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project.” Here are a couple images below. Check out the website
for more galleries.
…I’d tell them that I’d be back a little before six. This was never a surprise. They knew what six meant. Most of them had had years to think about it.
-Excerpt from Warden by Jim Willet
Jim Willett has presided over 89 legal executions, more than any man alive. Warden is Willett’s account of working in Texas prisons. Using his own journals, Willett recalls big events and small details that make up the fabric of his prison career. Warden is available for purchase on Amazon.
What would it be like for you to oversee an execution?
It would be challenging on a number of levels. This is difficult to answer.
I’ve had a great teacher in Warden Cain. He is professional and
compassionate. I’d like think I’d be that way. Its a strange process and
event. Staff are pulled in so many directions and we have so many people to
consider and assist during this time. I’d talk a lot to those around me.
I’d make it as transparent as possible and I’d remain as calm and helpful
as I could be. I don’t think I’d approach them all the same – outside of
course the official, legal requirements.
Country music’s “hardcore troubadour” Steve Earle has written numerous songs on the subject of the death penalty. From Earle’s Grammy nominated album Transcendental Blues comes the track “Over Yonder (Jonathan’s Song)” about Jonathan Nobles, a death row inmate with whom Earle corresponded with and whose execution Earle witnessed.
Today Kenneth Biros was executed in Ohio by a new form of one drug intravenous injection never before used on a human being. Anti-death penalty advocates have argued that a single drug is more humane than the three drug mix that is often used, though they still have concerns about this method.
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A man convicted in the state of Texas of molesting and killing his former girlfriend’s daughter is scheduled to be executed today unless the Supreme Court agrees to hear his case. The man, Bobby Wayne Woods, has an IQ in the range of someone mentally retarded. Courts have refused to recognize him as so, but his lawyer claims that he is mentally retarded and therefore should be spared execution.
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John A. Muhammad, who in 2002 went on a shooting spree in Washington DC, was executed on Tuesday evening at the Greensville Correctional Center. The Supreme Court did not intercede on his behalf and Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia refused to stay the execution.
Read the full article here.