Posts Categorized: Supreme court

Hank Skinner Wins at Supreme Court Allowing Him to Continue to Seek DNA Testing

Today, Hank Skinner won his Supreme Court case 6-3, so he can continue to seek DNA testing of evidence. At least year’s Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, Hank’s wife, Sandrine, spoke at a press conference organized by the students participating at spring break. It was one week before Hank’s scheduled execution. Last year during spring…read more

Breaking News: Stay of Execution for Hank Skinner

6:30 PM: AP has posted the following: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has blocked the execution of a Texas man who says DNA testing could clear him of the triple slaying that has sent him to death row. The justices’ order Wednesday could allow Hank Skinner access to evidence that he says could demonstrate…read more

Troy Davis' execution stayed

Here is the court order: ORDER LIST: 554 U.S.)TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008ORDER IN PENDING CASE08-66 DAVIS, TROY A. V. GEORGIA(O8A241) The application for stay of execution of sentence of deathpresented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court isgranted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ ofcertiorari. Should the petition for…read more

Dallas Morning News Editorial: Free to kill again

This editorial was published on April 17, by the Dallas Morning News. The Supreme Court decision yesterday allowing execution by lethal injection eventually will free the nation’s busiest death chamber – the one in Huntsville, Texas – to pick up where it left off. It’s not a moment to celebrate for those distressed about the…read more

Dont Miss Boston Legal tonight

Tonight is the promised episode of Boston Legal where the lawyers take on the Supreme Court and the Death Penalty in a non-murder rape case from deep south. Several people from the abolitionist community visited the set in March and saw the episode being filmed. Apparently Alan Shore gives a great lecture to the members…read more

Supreme Court OK's lethal injections

As expected, today in a 7-2 decision the Supreme Court found the lethal injection to be constitutional. Capital Defense Weekly has more details about the decision. You can read the full text of the opinion online. NYT: Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection for ExecutionAP: Executions to resume after high court OK’s lethal injectionsSCOTUS Blog: Analysis:…read more

Cruel punishment? Texas and other states should halt lethal injections while the Supreme Court weighs constitutionality

Thats the title of Houston Chronicle’s editorial calling on Texas to stop all executions while the Supreme Court considers constitutionality of lethal Injections. There are several good reasons to give every death row inmate an indefinite reprieve. This week the U.S. Supreme Court found another. Particularly in Texas, the nation’s execution leader, the criminal justice…read more


The 14th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court June 29th – July 2nd, 2007 A four day vigil maintaining a presence at SCOTUS, the Supreme Court Of The United States. Some of the participants fast during this time, but fasting is not required. We encounter thousands of…read more