Monthly Archives: September 9, 2009

Texas Issues Apology For Executing Innocent Man

This week’s “Moment of Clarity” video by comedian Lee Camp creates an alternate reality where Texas actually apologizes for killing an innocent man. In this interview from his appearance on MSNBC, David Grann, who wrote the article “Trial by Fire” in the New Yorker about the Todd Willingham case, says there is “not a single…read more

Screening of State Vs. Reed by Ryan Polomski and Frank Bustoz

Join the Austin Campaign to END the Death Penalty Wednesday, September 9th @ 7pm at UT campus, MAIN 26* for a screening of State Vs. Reed, an award winning documentary about Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed. A Q&A will follow this event. (*Note the room change) *******************************************************A SCREENING OF THE AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT…read more

Rice University Teach-In for Troy Davis

The Death Penalty, Race, Institutional Flaws and What You Can Do In 1991 Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail and sentenced to death in Georgia. In the case Davis pleaded innocent and through out his time on death row he has never changed this assertion. After his…read more

Innocent but Dead

That’s the title of Bob Herbert’s column in today’s New York Times. There is a long and remarkable article in the current New Yorker about a man who was executed in Texas in 2004 for deliberately setting a fire that killed his three small children. Rigorous scientific analysis has since shown that there was no…read more

The Eye and Tooth Project: Confronting Capital Punishment in Texas

By John Sullivan Call it the ultimate deterrent; call it retribution, or closure, or simply an “eye for an eye,” Americans have historically supported capital punishment with strong resolve and a clear national conscience. Recently, however, this mandate has weakened as pressures for reappraisal and change kick against the goad of tradition. A national wave…read more

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