Monthly Archives: July 30, 2006

Comments from our readers!

TSADP will publish a selection of comments and emails we have received both in favor and against the death penalty. This one is from Verie Sandborg! I’ve been following the Chicago Tribune articles. Thank you to the students and their mentors for their diligent efforts on behalf of social justice and repealing the death penalty….read more

The Great Dictator – Wal-Mart And the Death Penalty

Last February Washington Post had an interesting article titled “Wal-Mart And the Death Penalty” which compared the parallels between California physicians who refused to participate in the execution of a convicted killer and the growing numbers of pharmacists around the country who refuse to dispense morning-after pills. Physicians and pharmacists who refuse to participate in…read more

European Union statement on death penalty in the USA

July 27, 2006 Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union—Permanent Council No. 622 EU Statement on Death Penalty in the USA The EU reiterates its longstanding and firm opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances. The EU considers that abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and…read more

Innocence Claims of Executed Inmates

Since the reinstatement of the death penalty by the US Supreme Court, Texas has executed 368 people. According to the last statements published on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website[1], at least 28 out of 368 executed inmates claimed that they were innocent at the time of execution. (Please note, however, that about half…read more

Rally for Rodney Reed

Tomorrow, Saturday (7/29), the Austin chapter of Campaign to End the Death Penalty is holding a rally for justice on behalf of Rodney Reed, an innocent man on Texas’ Death Row. You’ve been hearing about his case now for several years: stories about him have appeard in the “Austin Chronicle“; two local filmmakers produced “State…read more

Quote of the day

“There’s no doubt in my mind that each person who’s been executed in our state was guilty of the crime committed.” – George W. Bush

Execution of a teenage girl

A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran. On 15 August, 2004, Atefah Sahaaleh was hanged in a public square in the Iranian city of Neka. Her death sentence was imposed for “crimes against chastity”. The state-run newspaper accused her of adultery…read more

Stay of execution for Allen Bridgers

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday ordered his case back to Smith County for the trial court to consider whether he is mentally handicapped. There will be no execution vigil today in front of Governor’s mansion! According to Associated Press, “Bridgers would have been the 17th condemned prisoner to receive lethal injection this year…read more

2006 Anti Death Penalty Spring Break – Death Penalty Organizing Workshop

Death Penalty Organizing Workshop presented by Campaign to End the Death Penalty and including a showing of the 12 minute film “A Voice from Death Row” produced this year by Austin filmmaker Nathan Christ. The film features Shugaa Graham speaking at a forum CEDP held at UT, as well as scenes from the “6th Annual…read more