Monthly Archives: July 9, 2010

Throwing Mumia Abu-Jamal Under the Bus

By Dave Lindorff “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”–Frederick Douglass On the evening of February 25, participants at the Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland had assembled from all over the globe for a dramatic Voices of Victims evening. It got more dramatic…read more

Happy 4th of July: Death Penalty Reform Thinking During The Colonial Period

Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, proposed the complete abolition of capital punishment. Rush’s opposition to capital punishment influenced the passage of a 1794 law that abolished the death penalty in Pennsylvania except for murder in the first degree. From Find Law: The Colonial PeriodThe abolitionist…read more

Texas Executed Today the 461st Person Since 1982; 222 Under Governor Rick Perry

Today, July 1, 2010 Texas executed Michael Perry. He was the 461st person executed in Texas since 1982 and the 222nd person since Rick Perry became governor. He was the 14th person executed in Texas in 2010.  From the Houston Chronicle: Convicted killer Michael James Perry was executed Thursday evening for gunning down a nurse at her…read more