Monthly Archives: April 24, 2008

Dallas Morning News Editorial: Free to kill again

This editorial was published on April 17, by the Dallas Morning News. The Supreme Court decision yesterday allowing execution by lethal injection eventually will free the nation’s busiest death chamber – the one in Huntsville, Texas – to pick up where it left off. It’s not a moment to celebrate for those distressed about the…read more

More details about the death of Diana Shorthouse

Fellow Abolitionists, I want to let you all know that one of the Abolition Movement’s long-time members and a friend to many of us in the Abolition Movement was murdered. Diana Shorthouse began working with us maybe 10 or 12 years ago. She has not been a regular at meetings for a few years now–probably…read more

Anti death penalty activist murdered

Dear Friends, The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement lost one of our long-time members and an activist against the death penalty here in Houston, Texas. Diana Shorthouse was murdered a few weeks ago and leaves a beautiful daughter, Jolie. The Abolition Movement will have a short memorial tribute to Diana before our May meeting which…read more

Dont Miss Boston Legal tonight

Tonight is the promised episode of Boston Legal where the lawyers take on the Supreme Court and the Death Penalty in a non-murder rape case from deep south. Several people from the abolitionist community visited the set in March and saw the episode being filmed. Apparently Alan Shore gives a great lecture to the members…read more

Justice Stevens renounces death penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens who in 1976 announced an opinion allowing resumption of the death penalty, has now turned against the death penalty making him the only abolitionist person in the court. Here is NYT’s article about this issue. By LINDA GREENHOUSE WASHINGTON — When Justice John Paul Stevens intervened in a Supreme Court argument…read more

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

This is taken from EJUSA’s weekly newsletter about the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. 4.16.08 Greetings! This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For me, it’s a powerful reminder of one of the most important (and often overlooked) reasons to support a moratorium on executions. When crime rips the fabric of a community, one…read more

Supreme Court OK’s lethal injections

As expected, today in a 7-2 decision the Supreme Court found the lethal injection to be constitutional. Capital Defense Weekly has more details about the decision. You can read the full text of the opinion online. NYT: Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection for ExecutionAP: Executions to resume after high court OK’s lethal injectionsSCOTUS Blog: Analysis:…read more

Nation Student Writing Contest

We’re looking for original, thoughtful student voices to answer this question: What have you learned from a personal experience that the next president should know before setting the agenda for the country? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and…read more

Think twice about Lehmberg

Published by The Daily Texan Imagine that an 11-year-old girl who has no violent history gets arrested, charged with capital murder and is hidden from her parents for four days. During that period, the interrogators question her for hours without break and with no lawyer present until she finally signs a false statement that she…read more


ROSEMARY LEHMBERG – A TALE OF TWO CHILDRENby Barbara A. Taft, President People of the Heart Gary Cobb, one of the perpetrators of the travesty launched against an innocent child, LaCresha Murray, in 1996, has been eliminated from the race for District Attorney. Rosemary Lehmberg, however, still holds a smoking gun. In the interest of…read more