Monthly Archives: January 21, 2011

Sharon Keller’s Court of Criminal Appeals Says Hearing on Death Penalty Constitutionality Must End

From the Austin American-Statesman: A Houston defendant cannot challenge the state’s death penalty laws as unconstitutional before his capital murder trial begins, the state’s highest court ruled today. John Edward Green Jr., charged with robbing and killing a Houston woman in 2008, had challenged the Texas death penalty law because “its application has created a…read more

Ohio Death Row Hunger Strike Ends

This is a report about the rally held today outside of death row in Ohio in support of the Lucasville Uprising Prisoners’ hunger strike over their conditions of extreme isolation. The Abolition Movement sent a message of solidarity to be read to the rally. It follows this report. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The rally at OSP was attended…read more

Dallas Morning News: “Lawmakers in Austin need to support a moratorium”

Crossposted from TMN. The Dallas Morning News says in an editorial today that Texas needs a moratorium on executions. Texas Monthly endorsed a moratorium this month also. The Texas Legislature began its work in Austin on January 11. The highest priority for people interested in stopping executions in Texas should be to convince the Texas…read more

Breaking New: Illinois Votes to Abolish the Death Penalty

As the state of Texas gets ready to execute Cleve “Sarge” Foster tonight, the Illinois Senate voted to abolish the death penalty. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation. More from Chicago Tribune: By Todd Wilson and Ray Long at 11:05 a.m.; last updated at 3:16 p.m. with roll…read more

Former U.S. Army recruiter to be executed Jan. 11

Cleve “Sarge” Foster   By Elizabeth Ann SteinProducer, Execution Watch Tomorrow, the state controller will announce Texas’ deficit, estimated by others at $15 billion to $25 billion. The following day, Jan. 11, Texas will put to death former Army recruiter Cleve “Sarge” Foster at a total cost of $2.3 million over life in prison. Execution…read more

Experts to Testify to Forensic Science Commission Friday in Todd Willingham Case

The Texas Forensic Science Commission will devote the entire January 7, 2011 meeting to the case of Todd Willingham. They are scheduled to hear testimony from arson experts, including Craig Beyler. The hearing starts at 9:30 AM, but members of Texas Moratorium Network, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement and…read more

Support the Four Death Row Hunger Strikers in Ohio

On Jan. 3, four prisoners held in Ohio State Penitentiary, a super max prison, started a hunger strike to protest the highly restrictive conditions they have been subjected to since they were moved to the prison in 1998. These prisoners are Bomani Shakur aka Keith LaMar, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Namir Abdul Mateen…read more

Hunger Strike of the Lucasville Uprising Prisoners – Monday, January 3, 2010

Dear family members, friends and supporters of the Lucasville uprising prisoners, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar), Jason Robb and Namir Mateen (James Were) will start a hunger strike on Monday Jan. 3 to protest their 23-hour a day lock down for nearly 18 years. These four death-sentenced prisoners have been single-celled (in solitary)…read more