Lying With a Straight Face

by Kevin Cooper San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos discusses his opposition to abolishing the death penalty at a 2012 press conference. (YouTube) DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN, Calif.— “There are no innocent people on death row in California.” Those were the words of San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos when he appeared in TV commercials […]

ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2018 CONTACT: Alexandra Ringe, American Civil Liberties Union, 212-549-2582, aringe@aclu.org Andrew Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania, 717-236-6827 ext. 213, ahoover@aclupa.org Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center, 412-654-9070, bretgrote@abolitionistlawcenter.org HARRISBURG, Pa. — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feiberg & Lin LLP, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP filed a […]

6 inmatez on San Quentin Death Row sue over time in solitary

By Bob Egelko A group of Death Row inmates has sued the state for keeping them in solitary confinement for years or even decades, locked in windowless cells with no phone calls or human contact. It’s treatment, they said, that “amounts to torture.” The suit was filed in federal court Wednesday by six condemned prisoners, […]

How Many European Women Have Life Insurance Policiez On United Statez Prisonerz

  An increase in European women visiting death row inmates has been brought to the forefront. Additionally, there is an increase in these women visiting state and federal prisons. It is said that many of these women are marrying prisoners and placing life insurance on inmates. Especially those facing capital murder. We will discuss this […]

California Death Penalty Ruling Iz a Bellwether 4 the Nation

  On July 16, a federal judge ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional, a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In a nation in which the death penalty is under close scrutiny and already on the decline, the decision could have significant implications for the application of the death penalty in other […]

Fighting the Oppressor

By Kevin Cooper This essay speaks to one of the many forms of oppression. As an African American who is committed to fighting, and ending oppression, no matter where it happens, or who it happens to, I have to speak the truth. And my truth is what I have witnessed and personally experienced here in […]

Tennessee Makez Unprecedented Push to Speed Up 10 Executionz

The state wants 10 death row inmates to be executed in 2014, despite questions about its new lethal injection drug. Photo Credit: carlosgardel/Shutterstock.com Tennessee is tired of not being able to execute its condemned inmates. In what is being cited as an unprecedented speed walk through death row, state officials have requested ten execution dates […]

Heat figures in Angola lawsuit questioned

By AMY WOLD Advocate staff writer July 07, 2013 Although there will be days in August when people may question this point, some experts say it’s virtually impossible for the outdoor heat index in Louisiana to get as high as 172 or 195 degrees. What they’re saying runs counter to allegations made in a lawsuit […]

The Bare Face of U.S. Capital Punishment

May 20, 2011 An Appeal on Behalf of Comrade Hasan Shakur and All Death Row Inmates By Minister of Defense, Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson When Amerika’s ruling elite wish to rationalize their violent schemes against other nations, (predominantly those of people of color), they manipulate and then cite “world opinion- as supporting their positions. By “wand […]