On California: We’ve Only Just Begun PDF Print E-mail
November 7, 2012

We came so close last night in California to repealing the death penalty through Prop 34. We should not lose heart.

In fact, there are plenty of reasons to be heartened and excited.

Nearly half – 47.3%  – of California voters told the state to stop condemning people to death. The 52.7% who voted to keep the death penalty represent historically low levels of support.

So close!
Victory! North Carolina’s Year Without PDF Print E-mail
November 5, 2012

The year 2012 is the first year in the modern era when no one was sentenced to die in North Carolina.

On Friday a jury in Smithfield sentenced a man convicted of first-degree murder to life imprisonment without parole. He could have been sentenced to death. This is the last capital case that will be tried this year in North Carolina.

Let’s keep North Carolina moving in the right direction. Please give to PFADP today by clicking here.
NC Book Tour on a Different “The Inferno” Starting Tonight PDF Print E-mail
October 15, 2012

“The most detailed, intimate and complete look at a death row prisoner that I have encountered.” – Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking on The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale

The Rev. Joe Ingle, a United Church of Christ minister and author of the new book The Inferno: A Southern Morality Tale, will be speaking across North Carolina over the next week. The Inferno chronicles Philip Workman's 25-year journey through “the Tennessee killing machinery” for the murder of a police officer that Workman did not commit. Workman, framed by Memphis police and prosecutors, had evidence unearthed post trial that the victim was accidentally shot by another police officer, that the only eyewitness recanted his testimony and admitted he was not at the scene of the crime, and that medical examiner’s evidence was withheld. Rev. Ingle was the late Philip Workman's spiritual adviser and with him through six death warrants.
Who cares about my thumb? PDF Print E-mail
September 21, 2012

Who cares about my thumb? Well, you know, I do.

I think my family does.

After my arrest at Troy Davis’ execution one year ago today, I could not feel my thumb for months.

It has never felt the same from the plastic handcuffs that were used on me.

It’s tingly.

As my friend Kurt Rosenberg and I approached the police outside the prison in Jackson, Ga., I said, “I am here to stop the execution of Troy Davis.”

Long story short, we spent the night in jail, charged with disorderly conduct. Actually, there was nothing disorderly about our conduct. We did seek to trespass and, in fact, I would have put my body between Troy Davis and his executioners.
Durham Calls for End of Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
October 4, 2012

Durham Calls for Death Penalty Repeal

DURHAM, NC – Durham is now the largest city in the South on record for repealing the death penalty.

At its meeting in City Hall this afternoon the Durham City Council unanimously passed a resolution presented by People of Faith Against the Death Penalty calling for North Carolina and the federal government and U.S. military to repeal the death penalty. The resolution suggests using the taxpayer funds that would be saved by repealing the death penalty to support programs to help murder victims' family members and for programs to prevent violent crime.
Ineffective Counsel in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
September 19, 2012

The New York Times

Robert Wayne Holsey, on death row in Georgia for killing a police officer, is seeking a new sentencing hearing because he received ineffective counsel. He should get one. His own lawyer told a Georgia trial court reviewing the case that he “probably shouldn’t have been allowed to represent anybody” while he was ostensibly providing a defense.

The lawyer said that he drank a quart of vodka every night during the trial and that he was also preparing to defend himself against possible disbarment for stealing client funds. Not surprisingly, the trial court ordered a new sentencing hearing, saying that “no one can seriously believe that the petitioner received the constitutional guarantees of the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel.”
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