Monthly Archives: October 13, 2008

Austin Chronicle: Keller Immune to Justice

Thats the title of Austin Chronicle‘s article on Sharon Keller. BY JORDAN SMITH According to federal district Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling last week, Court of Criminal Appeals presiding Judge Sharon Keller enjoys “judicial immunity,” which insulates her from being sued for violating the civil rights of an executed inmate. “Judicial immunity is immunity from suit,…read more

Families of victims and families of the executed gather to launch national project

Washington, DC – Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) launched a national project opposing the death penalty for persons with severe mental illnesses at a press conference and remembrance ceremony in San Antonio, Texas on October 3. The initiative builds on a series of recent U.S….read more

Rev. Carroll Pickett: The evolution of a death penalty opponent

For 15 years, the Rev. Carroll Pickett was a witness to state-sanctioned death. As a prison chaplain in Hunstville, he presided over 95 executions. After each one, Mr. Pickett recorded his thoughts on tape. The documentary At the Death House Door chronicles his anguish as he eventually concludes that some of the men he led…read more

TRIBUTE: Stanley Tookie Williams, 1953-2005.

The organizing committee for the 9th Annual Texas March to End Executions will be showing the excellent documentary TRIBUTE: Stanley Tookie Williams, 1953-2005. The event will be a fundraiser for the march and there is a $5 suggested donation (though no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Come out and see a…read more