Monthly Archives: December 25, 2010

Philadelphia: Steve Earle Benefit Concert for Witness to Innocence

Steve Earle, one of America’s legendary singer-songwriters, will perform a benefit concert (solo, acoustic) for Witness to Innocence at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, on Sunday, February 27, 2011. The ticket price is $40.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. – the show starts at 7:00 p.m.  All proceeds will go to Witness…read more

Clarence Brandley: Lykos Was Wrong to Halt Hearing Into Death Penalty

Exonerated death-row inmate Clarence Brandley has published the following column in today’s Houston Chronicle. When Pat Lykos ran for the office of Harris County District Attorney, she promised that there would be a new day in the criminal justice system. However, she recently proved that she’s just another part of the same good ol’ boy…read more

The Top Reasons Why the Death Penalty Is Just Plain AWESOME

For a moment last week Texas was actually going to hold a hearing on whether the death penalty was being carried out in an unbiased and constitutional way. Of course the state couldn’t have that, and the proceedings were halted. So I decided to go out on the street and ask one million average Americans…read more

International Human Rights Day

Today is International Human Rights Day, the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 6th nniversary of the founding of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. I pass along a posting by my Susannah Sheffer that appears in today’s For Victims, Against the Death Penalty, the blog of…read more

Death Penalty Opponents Speak Out – Clarence Brandley

Clarence Brandley, an African American man who lost ten years of his life on Texas death row due to a wrongful conviction, addressed the media on Dec. 9 at 10:00 AM at a press conference at the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in response to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals shutting down a hearing on the…read more

Nicholas Kristof on Kevin Cooper: Framed for Murder?

The following is a piece in support of California death-row inmate Kevin Cooper, by the New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof. “California may be about to execute an innocent man.” That’s the view of five federal judges in a case involving Kevin Cooper, a black man in California who faces lethal injection next year…read more

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Halts Houston Hearing about Death Penalty

From Texas Moratorium Network: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided tonight to halt a Houston hearing about the death penalty. A second day of testimony in the hearing was held today. Lawyers for accused killer John Green argue that Texas executes innocent people and does not follow the constitution. Lawyers for the District Attorney’s…read more