The most significant death-penalty stories of 2011 have been named by Execution Watch, a news program on Pacifica Radio Network’s KPFT FM 90.1 that broadcasts and streams live whenever Texas puts a prisoner to death: 1. Troy Davis is executed in Georgia despite lingering doubts about his guilt. The rush to execution was not as…read more
Dear Friend: This year, Witness to Innocence should have welcomed Troy Davis into our organization as the country’s newest death row exoneree. But instead, the state of Georgia executed him for murder, despite strong evidence of his innocence. 2011 has been a year both of deep tragedy and great promise for the anti-death penalty movement. …read more
December 28, 2011 While we wait… We made it past November 9, 2011 and thanks to you ALL we feel stronger. Your support, individual and collective, gives us the energy to overcome this horrible roller coaster, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts! The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of…read more
European Commission Extends Control over Goods which could be used for Capital Punishment or Torture
The European Commission decided today to extend the list of goods subject to export controls, to prevent their use for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. As of today, trade of certain anesthetics, such as sodium thiopental, which can be used in lethal injections, to countries that have not…read more
WTI Exonerated Death Row Members and Staff Part of National Premier of Werner Herzog's "Into the Abyss"!
Ray Krone, Shujaa Graham, and Kirk Bloodsworth will be leading discussions at special showings of Werner Herzog’s new documentary, “Into the Abyss” on Friday, November 18, in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. For more information click here.
By Elizabeth SteinProducer, Execution Watch Texas plans to carry out its 13th execution of 2011 Wednesday by putting to death Guadalupe Esparza of San Antonio. Barring a stay, Execution Watch will broadcast details live on KPFT 90.1 HD-3, streaming at http://executionwatch.org. RADIO PROGRAM PREVIEWEXECUTION WATCHUnless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast on …Wednesday, Nov. 16,…read more
Here’s the language from the court order: This is a direct appeal of the trial court’s ruling on a motion for DNA testing filed in the 31st Judicial District Court of Gray County, Cause No. 5216, styled The State of Texas v. Henry Watkins Skinner. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. art. 64.05. Appellant’s execution is…read more
In a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry, 27 exonerated ex-death row survivors—all members of the group Witness to Innocence— urged the governor to halt the execution of Hank Skinner and allow for DNA testing in his case. Skinner, who was sentenced to death for a 1995 triple murder, has a scheduled execution date of…read more
The Prison System is the New Jim Crow The CEDP”s 11th Annual Convention November 11-13 At Ventana Del Soul 1834 East Oltorf, Austin, Texas Register at: http://nodeathpenalty.org/2011-national-convention-registration This November, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is headed straight to the belly of the beast—Texas—for a weekend of struggle and organizing! The murder of Troy Davis…read more
Twenty exonerated death row survivors came from cities, towns, and farms across the United States and assembled in Austin, Texas from October 19th -23rd for the Witness to Innocence (WTI) 2011 Fall Gathering of members. The 20 exonerated death row survivors were joined by 14 family members/loved ones and 11 allies. The WTI Gathering was…read more