A reprieve for death-row prisoner Kevin Cooper?

By JEFF MACKLER Executions are scheduled at one minute after midnight at San Quentin Prison, just over the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County and overlooking the San Francisco skyline. On the cold winter night of Feb. 10, 2004, death-row inmate Kevin Cooper was being fully prepped for the hereafter, dressed in a new set […]

Was Kevin Cooper Framed for Murder?

This is the story of a broken justice system. It appears that an innocent man was framed by sheriff’s deputies and is on death row in part because of dishonest cops, sensational media coverage and flawed political leaders. by Nicholas Kristof with Jessia Ma and Stuart A. Thompson   Kevin Cooper at San Quentin. ,   […]

U.S. Media Do Not Give Us All Sides of the Story

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”—Malcolm X (Nick Youngson / CC BY-SA 3.0) Editor’s note: Kevin Cooper was convicted of a 1983 quadruple […]

Is It Illegal To Be Black In Amerika?

By Kevin Cooper Sometime in the early 19th century, former United States President Thomas Jefferson stated: “Unchecked power twisted white men’s characters.”  Since he was a slave owner and an oppressor, he should know what he speaks about! He also stated: “The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved […]

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 […]

Voices: Kevin Cooper

By Mary Kate DeLucco “I have hope. And because I have hope I have life.” For Kevin Cooper, who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1985, it is a hope that survives because of “the number of people I have helping me, who believe in my case, my innocence, and in me.” Those […]

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 […]

Lawsuits Challenge the Cruelty of Decades in Solitary Confinement on Death Row

By Aleks Gilbert  In a dissenting opinion written earlier this year, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that “If extended solitary confinement alone raises serious constitutional questions, then 20 years of solitary confinement, all the while under threat of execution, must raise similar questions, and to a rare degree, and with particular intensity.” Yet in a majority […]

From Angola, Louisiana, Aljerwon’s story

by Laquita Winn A 23-year-old African American male is accused and convicted of murder in the second degree. Sadly, there is a higher chance of that happening with our young Black men than any other ethnic group in the U.S. Even when evidence favors a Black defendant, the verdict of guilty is handed down to […]