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.
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Durham Calls for End of Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
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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.
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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.
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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, http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11581.
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Ineffective Counsel in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
September 19, 2012

Editorial
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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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.
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