The Murders at The Lake.
"In the summer of 1982 the city of Waco was confronted with the most vicious crime it had ever seen: three teenagers were savagely stabbed to death, for no apparent reason, at a park by a lake on the edge of town. Justice was eventually served when four men were found guilty of the crime, and two were sent to death row. In 1991, though, when one of the convicts got a new trial and was then found not guilty, some people wondered, Were these four actually the killers? Several years after that, one of the men was put to death, and the stakes were raised: Had Texas executed an innocent man?" [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Mar 19, 2014 -
The Last Meals Project
Every prisoner waiting to be executed is granted a last meal. Prisoners waiting to die choose their last meal for different reasons. Here's a list
of exonerated death-row prisoners.
posted by modelenoir
on Jul 28, 2011 -
The Supreme Court today issued a one line statement refusing to hear Troy Davis' appeal
. Troy Davis
was convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, GA, and sentenced to death solely on eyewitness testimony. No murder weapon or any physical evidence linked him to the crime. Since the conviction, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted or changed their stories, and one of the two who haven't changed their stories is the other suspect in the case. Things were looking good for Davis when the Supreme Court issued a stay two hours before his execution
last month. Justice may really be dead in this country.
posted by x_3mta3
on Oct 14, 2008 -
"Tim Kaine says
Adolf Hitler doesn't qualify for the death penalty
." Or so say Republican campaign ads supporting Jerry Kilgore
, Virginia's attorney general, in his bid to become that state's new governor. Tim Kaine
, the Democratic lieutenant governor, says his moral objections to capital punishment are rooted in his Roman Catholic faith. "Solidly pro-life"
Jim Kilgore, endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life
and National Right to Life
political action committees, accuses Kaine of being an "anti-death penalty activist who cannot be trusted to oversee the death penalty in Virginia.
" This is important to Virginians. Based on the number of executions carried out under the post Furman laws, Virginians are second only to Texans
in their fondness for execution
. As attorney general, Kilgore tried to expand the kinds of crimes that would be eligible for the death penalty.
Tim Kaine reassured voters
, "That's why I personally oppose the death penalty. But I take my oath of office seriously, and I'll enforce the death penalty . . . because it's the law."
posted by three blind mice
on Oct 15, 2005 -
Four California activists
were arrested Tuesday while protesting the case of Kevin Cooper
, set to be executed in less than a week. Gov. Schwarzenegger denied a clemency hearing for Cooper (the first time such a hearing was denied since California re-instituted the death penalty in 1978), despite ample evidence
shedding doubt not only on the fairness
of Cooper's trial, but also his alleged guilt. Kevin Cooper is asking
people to protest
for his life.
posted by sudama
on Feb 5, 2004 -