CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES: EXPLAINED

by  Jessica Brand, Callie Heller   In our Explainer series, Fair Punishment Project lawyers help unpack some of the most complicated issues in the criminal justice system. We break down the problems behind the headlines — like bail, civil asset forfeiture, or the Brady doctrine — so that everyone can understand them. Wherever possible, we try to utilize the stories of those affected by […]

FBI sought electric chair execution of Black Panther leaders in Omaha

Originally posted on Richardson Reports:
Nebraska’s electric chair where the FBI sought the execution of the Omaha Two  (credit: Nebraska Dept. of Corrections) On December 4, 1969, in a Federal Bureau of Investigation orchestrated pre-dawn raid in Chicago, Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot to death. Fourteen handpicked policemen, armed with…

Bring Herman Bell Home!

In response to vengeful threats from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a coalition of public officials, artists, activists, formerly incarcerated people, and crime survivors calls to maintain the planned release of former Black Panther Herman Bell. By Haig Aivazian March 23, 2018 Just over a week ago, The New York Parole Board determined that Herman Bell was ready for release. […]

The Death Penalty makes redemption impossible

by Steve Champion – incarcerated on death row San Quentin since 1982 The public, with its hunger for revenge, does not want to hear about personal acts of atonement by people who have been sentenced for a crime. Acts of atonement by the condemned are usually viewed as a ploy to save his or her […]

Call Lethal Injection the Vile Torture It Is

by STEPHEN COOPER In a New Year’s Eve display of liberal newspaper death penalty abolition harmony – buoyed by the release of the Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) annual report evidencing another year in the long-observable trend of capital punishment’s disuse and disfavor in America – both the Washington Post and New York Times’s editorial boards published opinion pieces […]

2018: The Year of the Executioner?

by Kevin Cooper San Quentin State Prison in California. (Flickr / CC 2.0) Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder and sentenced to death in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas […]

Thanksgiving on Death Row

Free Me,” a painting by Kevin Cooper. (Kevin Cooper)   by Kevin Cooper Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder in a trial in which evidence that might have exonerated him was withheld from the defense. His case was scrutinized in a June 19 New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof. Visit savekevincooper.org for more information. DEATH […]

Dale Brumfield column: Virginia’z dark legacy of secrecy about executionz

  By Dale Brumfield The newly enhanced secrecy behind Virginia’s capital punishment protocols underscores a legacy of death born in institutionalized racism that upcoming executions — including that of Ivan Teleguz, scheduled April 25 — do not just prolong, but exacerbate. In March 1879, after years of tolerating party atmospheres accompanying the public executions of […]

In Tuscany the death penalty waz abolished three timez.

di Claudio Giusti A Dispassionate Review of Old and New Evidence AI Index: ACT 05/34/80 By EZZAT A. FATTAH, Ph. D. Professor, Department of Criminology Simon Fraser University Barnaby, British Columbia Canada A revised version of a paper presented at the seminar on the death penalty organized by Amnesty International at the Sixth United Nations […]