Monthly Archives: August 31, 2010

Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights Office Fire

On August 24th there was a fire in the building owned by the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights has its office. The fire broke out in the basement around 3:00 in the morning and was probably caused by an electrical problem. Fortunately, the building had an…read more

Tonight on Atlanta Radio: Update on Troy Davis' Death Row Appeal

Mondays, 6pm – 7pm EST —– WRFG-Atlanta 89.3 FM  Join us tonight for an update on the case of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whom many now believe to be innocent of the crime for which he is on death row, i.e. the killing of Savannah police officer Mark McPhail.  Davis has been spared from…read more

Judge Rejects Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis’s Innocence Claim

    A federal judge in Georgia has rejected death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis’s claims of innocence. Last year the Supreme Court took the unusual step of ordering a district court in Georgia to hold a special evidentiary hearing to consider evidence that surfaced after Davis’s conviction and might establish his innocence. Davis was…read more


On August 24, federal judge William Moore denied Troy Davis’ petition for a new trial. Moore was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to hold a hearing on Troy’s claim of innocence in the murder that sent him to death row. In June, Troy and his lawyers presented convincing evidence of that innocence at the…read more

Gripping Testimony of a Wife at Husband's Execution

To all of us who knew and loved Bro. Abdullah Tanzel Hameen, may Peace be upon that beautiful Bro.!  Among many other accomplishments, Hameen built an organization, BLAC (Because Love Allows Compassion) and did outreach from behind the walls on behalf of prisoner’s rights, working tirelessly to try and make them and their family’s lives…read more

The Texas Forensic Science Seminar

From Grits for Breakfast: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ Criminal Justice Integrity Unit is jointly sponsoring a conference/CLE event October 7-8 titled the “Texas Forensic Science Seminar” in the auditorium at the capitol in Austin. See their promotional flyer here (pdf). It looks like a substantive discussion, particularly the second day, so I signed…read more

SADP seeks nominations for the Youth Abolitionist of the Year Award

Students Against the Death Penalty is accepting nominations for the 2010 Youth Abolitionist of the Year Award. The Award is presented each year to a young person (or persons under the age of 25) with a deep commitment to fighting the death penalty and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The…read more

Statement of Ron Carlson to the Ertman and Pena families

To the Ertman and Pena families: I can’t say that I know how you feel concerning the loss of your loved ones Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena. The images of those two beautiful girls will forever be in my mind as well as the horrifying act of their demise. What I can say is that…read more

Execution Watch: Peter Cantu, Aug. 17

Peter Cantu By Elizabeth Stein Producer, Execution Watch Texas plans to kill Peter Cantu Tuesday by lethal injection — the 16th execution this year in the nation’s busiest death chamber. Execution Watch will provide live reports from outside the building, along with a discussion of the issues and an interview with the author of Capital…read more