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.”
Urgent Call for Clemency in PA PDF Print E-mail
September 10, 2012

Terrance Williams is scheduled to be executed by the people of Pennsylvania on October 3, 2012 for his role in the murder of Amos Norwood.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are partnering to ask Pennsylvania religious leaders to endorse a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons appealing for clemency for Mr. Williams.

Time is of the essence. If you are a religious leader living in Pennsylvania, please support this call for clemency by endorsing the letter here,
Michael Keenan freed, murder charge from 24 years ago dismissed by Cuyahoga County judge (Ohio) PDF Print E-mail
September 6, 2012

By Peter Krouse
The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --  A Cuyahoga County judge this morning dismissed a 24-year-old murder charge against Michael Keenan, who had spent about two decades on death row with co-defendant Joe D'Ambrosio.

The decision was a dramatic change of events from Wednesday, when it appeared that Keenan was prepared to plead to involuntary manslaughter charges in order to be released from prison right away.

Judge John Russo set bond at $5,000 today, essentially allowing Keenan to be freed immediately.
End death penalty for dollars and sense PDF Print E-mail
August 14, 2012

By Gil Garcetti

My office sought the death penalty in dozens of cases when I was the Los Angeles County district attorney for eight years, and chief deputy district attorney for four. The cases had horrific and compelling facts; I had no problem seeking death sentences. But though I never was squeamish, I now fully support Proposition 34 to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. Here's why.

California's death penalty is broken beyond repair, hideously expensive, and inevitably carries the risk of executing an innocent person. The hundreds of millions of dollars we throw away on this broken system would be much better spent on solving and preventing crime and investing in our kids' schools.
Join the Call in Missouri PDF Print E-mail
August 29, 2012

Lend your moral voice to repeal Missouri's death penalty.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are partnering to expand the support of Missouri's faith communities for repealing Missouri's death penalty. If you are a religious leader or a lay person of faith, please sign one of these new letters to Missouri's legislators and governor.

If you are a religious leader living in Missouri, please visit

If you are a lay person of faith living in Missouri, please visit
How Many NC Barber Shops Want to Cut the Death Penalty? PDF Print E-mail
August 8, 2012

Live in North Carolina?

You know that little ma ‘n pa shop in your town that you love to go to?

Well, there’s a good chance that Beto Bravo has been there too.  

Except Beto’s been shopping for something entirely different.

Since starting with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty as a Jesuit Volunteer community organizer last August, Beto has journeyed all across North Carolina to help expand our grassroots base for repealing the death penalty.
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