Monthly Archives: May 11, 2009

Death Penalty presentation this Wed. @ Resistencia

En el corazon del South Austin tenemos un love for liberation! c/s Red Salmon Arts & Resistencia Bookstore Calendar May 2009 7pm Wednesday May 13, 2009 Red Salmon Arts presents The Death Penalty and the Modern Meaning of Southern Justice: a platica/discussion with Melynda Price Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law…read more

Does Anti-Death Penalty Public Information Campaigns Work?

While reading Barkan & Cohn’s 2005 paper On reducing white support for the death penalty: A pessimistic appraisal (Criminology & Public Policy, 4, 39-44), I noticed the following assessment of the effectiveness of the public information campaigns by the anti-death penalty groups to bring awareness about the racism in our death penalty system. The authors…read more

Colorado Senate Votes to Defeat the Abolition Bill

The Colorado Senate has voted 18-17 to defeat a measure that would have repealed the death penalty and use the savings from its elimination to fund cold case investigations. Four Democrats sided with Republicans Wednesday to shoot down the measure. The bill had faced tough opposition since it was introduced. It passed in the House…read more

Protest the 200th Execution Under Texas Governor Rick Perry

On June 2, 2009, the 200th execution under Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to take place. Since he became governor of Texas in December 2000, Perry has allowed more executions to proceed than any other governor in U.S. history. The date of the 200th execution could change if any scheduled executions are successfully stopped….read more

Judge Rules in Favor of Charles Dean Hood

District Court Judge Greg Brewer has ruled that death-row inmate Charles Dean Hood received an unfair trial due to the fact that the prosecutor of the case had a sexual relationship with the judge. Here is what CBS’ Andrew Cohen had to say about the case. The last time we checked in on law and…read more

Colorado May End Death Penalty to Focus on Cold Cases

I don’t know how many of you are following the death penalty abolition in Colorado, but this Washington Post article is worth a read. Like many of the state’s considering abolition, CO is mainly talking about cost. The interesting thing about this one is that the bill would use the money saved after abolition to…read more

Sharon Keller Questions

Chuck Lindell of the Austin American-Statesman has answered a few common questions regarding Judge Sharon Keller. Why didn’t Keller send the request for more time to Judge Johnson? After all, Johnson was the duty judge assigned to handle Richard’s case. It was her responsibility to review all late filings and poll the court’s nine judges…read more