Monthly Archives: December 20, 2007

Rome's Colosseum lit up to mark N.J., U.N. death penalty decisions

The ancient Colosseum is lit up in support of the recent elimination of the death penalty in New Jersey, the first US state to abolish capital punishment, and the recent approval of a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. Rome’s Colosseum, once the arena for…read more

THE LETHAL INJECTION CONUNDRUM

By Hank Skinner December 14th, 2007 Dear friends, enemies and others I’ve yet to meet, Hope this finds you all alive, well and prosperous. Some 10-11 years ago I authored an article entitled “Lethal Injection: what really happens” in an effort to educate the public and hoping to persuade some death penalty lawyers to tackle…read more

Good Candidates Needed for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Taken from Texas Moratorium Network’s blog. We need to find some good candidates for the discredited Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In 2004, Texas Monthly called the all-Republican Texas Court of Criminal Appeals the “Worst Court in Texas” in a bold headline on the cover of the magazine. In this month’s magazine, Texas Monthly says…read more

New Jersey Assembly abolishes the death penalty

New Jersey has abolished the death penalty. *Blue Jersey Update* The vote just took place and it was 43-36 in favor of abolishing the Death Penalty in NJ. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk where he has already said he intends to sign it.

Sharon "Killer" Keller violated policies

Houston Chronicle’s Robert Ratcliffe has an article suggesting Sharon Keller violated the court’s unwritten policy. AUSTIN — Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller apparently violated court policies for handling death penalty cases when she closed the court clerk’s doors on Michael Richard’s efforts to file a last-minute appeal before his execution. In…read more

Save Rodney Reed

By Hooman Hedayati About 11 years ago, on a Sunday morning before sunrise, someone dumped the body of 20-year-old Stacey Stites off the side of a road in the small town of Bastrop, Texas. Rodney Reed, a black man from Bastrop, was convicted of her murder by an all-white jury, despite the strong evidence linking…read more

Today's legal lynchings

By Hooman Hedayati The next time you travel to downtown Houston to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, you should walk a few blocks to Houston’s Old Hanging Tree at the corner of Capital and Bagby streets. That huge 200-year-old oak tree is the location where many “Negroes” were illegally lynched many years ago. Almost…read more

Is Jimmy Fennell guilty of Stacey Stites' muder?

The news is that Sgt. Jimmy Fennell, who was placed on administrative leave for the last few weeks is now charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint last October. KEYE TV has a good report (video below) about Jimmy Fennell’s possible involvement in Stacey Stites’ murder. Rodney Reed who has been convicted of her…read more