This Week: State vs. Reed Film Screening and Fundraiser Party!

As we began 2008, all executions in the U.S are on hold. New Jersey recently abolished the death penalty. Here in Texas, were able to win the commutation of Texas death row prisoner Kenneth Foster, Jr. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of media around the case of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed Rodney’s defense has long posited that another suspect in the initial investigation is responsible. That suspect, Georgetown police officer Jimmy Fennell was recently indicted for rape and other charges. Here is a good article on recent developments:
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/01/07/0107fennell.html

Rodney’s case is currently in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and one goal of the CEDP has been to win a new trial. Rodney’s lawyers will present oral arguments to the court on February 6th. Sandra Reed, CEDP member and mother of Rodney, has asked folks to attend.

New trials will get underway this year for Yogurt Shop defendants Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen. The CEDP has been involved in this case for years, along with longstanding CEDP member Jeannine Scott. We maintain that these men are innocent and will be doing support work throughout the trials. Below are some important events in the next two weeks. So come out!

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STATE VS. REED
: A SCREENING OF THE AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CASE OF TEXAS DEATH ROW PRISONER RODNEY REED.

Directed by Ryan Polomski and Frank Bustoz.

This 60 minute film documents the questionable murder conviction of Bastrop resident Rodney Reed. Rodney was convicted of killing Stacey Stites on a single piece of DNA evidence, which was explained by the romantic relationship the two had. However, defense lawyers failed to establish this connection at trial. In addition, strong evidence exists that points to the initial prime suspect, Stacey’s fiancée, then Giddings police officer Jimmy Fennell. Hidden DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony all point away from Rodney Reed. For years Rodney’s family has fought to expose the facts in this case Join the CEDP in a viewing of this important film. There will be an update on recent developments in the case and of the ongoing struggle to win justice for Rodney Reed.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH AT 7PM
AT MONKEYWRENCH BOOKS
110 E North Loop Blvd
$5 Donation Requested

www.freerodneyreed.org
www.myspace.com/statevsreed

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CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY FUNDRAISING PARTY
Saturday, January 19th at 9PM
Pearl Street Co-op, 2000 Pearl St.

With the death penalty on the defensive, the CEDP has plans to push all the way to abolition! Although we are far from done, this last year has shown that our hard work does pay off–we saved Kenneth Foster, the death penalty was abolished in New Jersey, and all executions have been temporarily halted! Come celebrate these victories and help us work towards new ones with a party at the Pearl Street Co-op. Keg provided. $5-10 donation requested.

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Annual MLK Day March & Festival
Monday, January 21st at 9:00 AM

This annual march honors the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., while celebrating diversity and multi-culturalism in Austin. The Campaign to End the Death Penalty has long looked the the civil rights movement for inspiration in our struggle for abolition. Join the CEDP as we march together under an anti-death penalty banner, and raise awareness about Rodney Reed, about prison conditions and about the death penalty in general.

The 2008 MLK Community March starts at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Thereafter, we will march to the Captiol for a program at 10 a.m., and then to historic Huston-Tillotson University, where there will also be a Cultural Festival after the March and last until 3 p.m. Look for the CEDP banner to march with us!
More details: http://www.mlkcelebration.com

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New Trial for Rodney Reed!
March and Rally in Downtown Austin
Saturday February 2, Starting at 12PM
Locations TBA

Rodney’s case is in a critical phase with the possibility of a new trial greater than ever. Join us in spreading the word about the case and demanding justice for Rodney Reed!

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