Monthly Archives: May 31, 2011

Execution Watch: Gayland Bradford

Gayland Bradford By Elizabeth Ann SteinProducer, Execution Watch (HUNTSVILLE, Tex.) — Texas is preparing to put to death Gayland Bradford Wednesday in what is slated to be the first of four executions in Texas during June. Execution Watch will provide live radio coverage and analysis. Unless  Bradford receives a last-minute stay, the program will air…read more

Media Advisory: Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Denies Exonerated Death Row Inmate Clarence Brandley Compensation for Ten Years of Wrongful Imprisonment on Texas Death Row

Media AdvisoryMay 17, 2011 Contacts:  Hooman Hedayati                  Gloria    Rubac    Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Denies Clarence Brandley Compensation for Ten Years of Wrongful Imprisonment on Texas Death Row; Texas Continues Its Denial to Innocent Men A press conference will be held by Clarence Brandley and his supporters at 4:00 PM Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at…read more

Exonerated Death Row Survivors Urge Georgia to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

From Witness to Innocence:Exonerated Death Row Survivors Urge Georgia to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis  Chairman James E. Donald                                                                                                           Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SESuite 458, Balcony Level, East TowerAtlanta, GA 30334 Dear Chairperson Donald and Members of the Board: We, the undersigned, are alive today because some…read more

Delma Banks Jr and Prosecutorial Misconduct

US Supreme Court overturned Delma Banks Jr’s death sentence in 2004 based on prosecutorial misconduct. Now the same prosecutor is in charge of prosecuting the same case again after 30 years. Brandi Grissom of Texas Tribune reports: For the second time in three decades, a Texas court is preparing to decide whether Delma Banks Jr….read more

NYT Editorial: Co-Victims Against the Death Penalty

The following is last Friday’s NYT editorial in support of the death penalty abolition in Connecticut. As the country has increasingly turned against capital punishment as barbaric and horrifyingly prone to legal abuses, defenders are pointing to the emotional needs of the families of murder victims — “co-victims” to those who study crime — as…read more

Kerr execution to involve first TX use of pentobarbital

                                                     Cary Kerr has maintained his innocence By Elizabeth Ann SteinProducer, Execution Watch Texas plans to put to death Cary Kerr Tuesday with a lethal-injection formula that would mark the first use of the barbiturate pentobarbital by the nation’s busiest executioners.   Unless there is a stay, Execution Watch will broadcast coverage and commentary, beginning…read more

“48 Hours Mystery:” Grave Injustice

In full: Students help free a man 16 years after he’s sentenced to death. Richard Schlesinger reports. Read story. Click here to watch the full episode from 48 Hours Mystery about the case of Anthony Graves.

Graves: “I’m tired of the state kicking me.”

By HARVEY RICEHOUSTON CHRONICLE GALVESTON — To Anthony Graves, the loss of a $250 speaking fee seemed like the final indignity heaped upon him by the state of Texas. Graves spent 18 years behind bars, 12 of them on death row, for a crime that prosecutors now say he didn’t do. After he was freed…read more