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Watching death row

                       THE NEXT TO DIE

 Alfredo Prieto is scheduled to be executed by the state of Virginia in 1 day, 2 hours and 3 minutes


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Looking back, we know quite a bit about who has been put to death in the United States. We know that the last person to be executed was Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who died yesterday by lethal injection in Georgia. We have records that show she was the 1,415th person to have been executed since 1976. In fact, since executions resumed that year following a four-year suspension imposed by the Supreme Court, we know many specifics including race, age, sex and other information about those who have paid the ultimate price in the criminal justice system.

But there has been no detailed, up-to-date schedule of coming executions. …

Jimmy Carter calls for fresh moratorium on DEATH PENALTY! (excuse me, but I have to say: Halleluja!)

Jimmy Carter calls for fresh moratorium on death penalty

Carter says it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and justices should reintroduce ban that stood from 1972 to 1976
Jimmy Carter in 2008
Jimmy Carter said: ‘The only consistency today is that the people who are executed are almost always poor, from a racial minority or mentally deficient.’ Photo: Reuters

Former US president Jimmy Carter has called for a new nationwide moratorium on the death penalty, arguing that it is applied so unfairly across the 32 states that still have the death sentence that it amounts to a form of cruel and unusual punishment prohibited under the US constitution.

In an interview with the Guardian, Carter calls on the US supreme court to reintroduce the ban on capital punishment that it imposed between 1972 and 1976. The death penalty today, he said, was every bit as arbitrary as it was when the nine justices suspended it on grounds of inconsistency in the case of Furman v Georgia 41 years ago.

“It’s time for the supreme court to look at the totality of the death penalty once again,” Carter said. “My preference would be for the court to rule that it is cruel and unusual punishment, which would make it prohibitive under the US constitution.”

Carter’s appeal for a new moratorium falls at a time of mounting unease about the huge disparities in the use of capital punishment in America. Recent research has shown that most of the 1,352 executions that have taken place since the supreme court allowed them to recommence in 1976 have emanated from just 2% of the counties in the nation.

Amid a critical shortage of medical drugs used in lethal injections caused by a European boycott of US corrections departments, death penalty states are also adopting increasingly desperate execution methods. The new techniques range from deploying previously untested sedatives in lethal injections, to concocting improvised batches of the chemicals through compounding pharmacies….

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EU calls for abolishing death penalty

EU calls for abolishing death penalty.

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013

EU calls for abolishing death penalty

The European Union (EU) has renewed its call for abolishing the death penalty in all member states of the United Nations (UN) including Bangladesh, and contributing to the development of human dignity in the world.
“The death penalty concerns everyone’s right to life. The state, with its particular responsibility as the ultimate guarantor of all persons’ human rights, should not deprive anyone of his or her life,” said a letter signed by nine heads of mission of the EU countries in Dhaka.
“The European Union reaffirms its absolute opposition to the use of the death penalty,” it said, marking the observance of the European Day against the Death Penalty, and the World Day against the Death Penalty today [Thursday].
The envoys said the EU is convinced that its abolition is an integral part of respect for human rights and protection of the human dignity.
They referred to a 2010 UN resolution, which called upon all states to establish a moratorium on executions aiming at abolishing the death penalty.
“We hope that all members of the UN including Bangladesh will take the actions which the Resolution calls for, and thereby contribute to the development of fundamental rights and human dignity in the world,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by Mrs Anneli Lindahl Kenny, ambassador of Sweden; Giorgio Guglielmino, ambassador of Italy; Luis Tejada Chacón, ambassador of Spain; Robert Gibson, British high commissioner; Michel Trinquier, ambassador of France; Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, ambassador of The Netherlands; Dr Albrecht Conze, ambassador of Germany; Mrs Hanne Fugl Eskjær, ambassador of Denmark; and William Hanna, ambassador of the European Union.

Sant´Egidio: City Council of West Hollywood as the join CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty (Twitter)

Sant’Egidio DC@SantegidioDC                                6h

Honored to address the City Council of West Hollywood as they join @CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty.

Exciting Events and Developments – in Direction of Death Penalty in Florida


Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has filed HB 4011 “Death Penalty” in the Florida Legislature to end the use of the Death Penalty. This bill MUST have a Florida Senate sponsor to move forward. Please contact your Florida State Senator and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate. Please contact your Florida Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HB 4011 and contact Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda and thank her for sponsoring HB 4011.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

Phone: (850) 717-5009



Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled the execution of Darius Kimbrough for Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm ET and Askari Muhammad, aka Thomas Knight, for December 3.

Please TAKE ACTION!!!  Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency to commute the death sentences of Darius Kimbrough and Askari Muhammad, aka Thomas Knight, to Life in Prison Without Parole. Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.



Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146 





Friends: MARK YOUR CALENDARS – November events for Florida’s Death Penalty awareness. FADP is involved in planning, organizing, and carrying out many events and coalition efforts, including those that do not bear the FADP name. Our goal is for these events to happen and for them to be successful. Please support FADP and participate, attend, and share the news of upcoming educational, awareness, and action-oriented events. For assistance in planning, organizing, and holding successful events in your area, please contact FADP for help and PLEASE don’t forget to help FADP! Best Regards — Mark


FLORIDA DEATH ROW EXONEREES TO SPEAK IN GAINESVILLE Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GCADP) is hosting Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey of Witness to Innocence for 2 community events on Nov 2 and 3, 2013. These men were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and spent 18 and 3 years, respectively, on Death Row in Florida before proving their innocence and gaining release. The public is invited to come hear their stories. Refreshments provided.

Sat, Nov 2, at 3:30 pm in the library at St Augustine’s Catholic Church and Student Center, 1738 W University Ave. Parking is available in the lot behind the Church.

Sun, Nov 3 at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Mennonite Meeting House,   1236 NW 18th Ave (across from Gainesville High School, additional parking available at Wells Fargo and PNC banks)

FMI: Miriam Elliott, Co-Coordinator GCADP (352)378-1690






The University Club of Winter Park 841 N. Park Ave. Friday, November 15 from 6pm to 9pm.

Dinner is $15 for general admission & $10 for students. Catering by John Michael Weddings and Special Events. Guests will include:

Juan Melendez – Exonerated Florida Death Row Survivor, “Witness to Innocence”

SueZann Bosler – Murder Victim Family Member, “Journey of Hope”

Mark Elliott – Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, “FADP”

Alicia Koutsoulieris – Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaigner

Please RSVP by Nov. 11 by emailing or calling Alicia Koutsoulieris at or 407-719-7285. You may also RSVP by going to and making a secure payment via PayPal.


HOLIDAY CARD SIGNING. Many of those on Death Row never receive visitors and rarely receive any mail.  Each year Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty, TCADP signs holiday cards which are given to every person on Florida’s Death Row – now more than 400.  Please come by the home of Nancy Smith Fichter and Robert Fichter at 710 Waverly Road in Tallahassee and sign as many cards as you can.  They will be hosting on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m . to 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: Sheila Meehan, TCADP Chair,


FADP is an all-volunteer coalition. Please help us with the basic, essential cost of doing this work.


It is not about what those on Death Row may have done, it’s about US and what WE do.


Please visit and “Like” FADP’s Facebook page, the Justice4Jacksonville Coalition Facebook page and the Amnesty International Florida Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Facebook Page.


Shine the light,



Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director


Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty,

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

“Death penalty `patently unfair´: Sandusky Register

Death penalty ‘patently unfair’

Former death row inmates tell their stories in Sandusky appearance
Tom Jackson
Oct 24, 2013

In 1974, when the Chicago native decided to see the country and hitchhike across the country, he wore his hair cut short.

Somehow, Tibbs was convicted of murder and rape in connection with a case in Florida — even though the killer was described as a 5-foot-6 man with a large Afro. He spent time on Florida’s death row before being exonerated.

An audience of several dozen people crowded into a meeting room at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky to hear Tibbs’ story Tuesday night, and the stories of two other former inmates who faced execution, Joe D’Ambrosio and Damon Thibodeaux.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo sponsored the “One.for.Ten Tour” program on the death penalty, which stopped in several northern Ohio locations this week.

One.for.Ten is a series of short films, available on YouTube and elsewhere online. Filmmaker Will Francome served as the moderator, screening the films about the three former prisoners, who spoke after each film.

After Tibbs’ film, he got up and denounced the death penalty.

“I make no bones about it — I’m an abolitionist,” he said. “It is patently unfair. Everybody who commits a murder does not get the death penalty.”

“There have been no millionaires on death row that I know about,” said Tibbs, who said anyone convicted of killing a white person in Florida is 11 times more likely to get the death penalty than someone who kills anyone else.

D’Ambrosio was freed from Ohio’s prison system after spending more than 20 years on death row. A judge ruled that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped him win acquittal.

D’Ambrosio told the audience he had no criminal record and had served in the Army, rising to the rank of sergeant, before entering civilian life.

“If it could happen to me, it could happen to you,” he said.

Thibodeaux confessed to the murder of a teen girl, but was freed from prison after DNA evidence exonerated him.

He explained that after going 36 hours without sleep, he could not take it any longer after being questioned for hours. He told the detectives what they wanted to hear so they would leave him alone.

“I used to be one of those people who believed nobody would ever confess to something they didn’t do,” he said.

Thibodeaux described prison life as “hell on earth.”

“I missed sitting on my couch, just because I can,” he said. “A real bed and a pillow — we didn’t have those things.”

The trio urged members of the audience to work to abolish the death penalty.

“They’re killing in your name, because you allow it,” D’Ambrosio said.

A Tribute to a Prison Warden´s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

A Tribute to a Prison Warden‘s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

Posted: 10/24/2013  4:09 pm

Donald Cabana, a former Mississippi prison warden who presided over executions, was not the usual ally for me and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. But Donald Cabana loathed the death penalty. As I mark his passing and celebrate his life, he died this month at 67, I think about the vantage point from which he formed his opinions about capital punishment.

Cabana worked in prisons and corrections for more than 25 years in Massachusetts, Florida, Missouri and Mississippi. He was a seasoned traveler in places that many have opinions about but relatively few have firsthand knowledge of or experience with. He punished, counseled and cared for the people and the families  that most people forget or wish never existed. He also supervised, cared for and counseled the people who must work in the most hopeless and saddest of places, our nation’s prisons and death chambers. …

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“The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies”

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The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies

By Niraj Chokshi,                                      Updated: October 21 at 12:52 pm

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

How do you define whether someone’s sufficiently mentally disabled to avoid the death penalty?

That’s a question that could be resolved by the Supreme Court, which on Monday morning agreed to take up a new case that could limit how states set death penalty policies. The issue at hand is whether Florida’s approach to determining mental disability in death penalty cases violates an earlier Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

“This is really one of the most important death penalty cases that the court has undertaken in years,” says Brian Stull, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project, which advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.

The case at hand involves a Florida man, Freddie Lee Hall, sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old pregnant woman.

His lawyers argue that he is mentally disabled and should not be put to death. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally disabled constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is banned by the Constitution, but left it up to states to define mental disability. Florida uses a 70-point IQ score cutoff, but Hall’s lowest score was a 71. His lawyers say that in order to comply with the 2002 ruling, his IQ should be read as somewhere between 67 and 75, to account for what scientists call a “standard error of measurement.”

But, in December, the Florida Supreme Court reiterated it didn’t buy the argument.

“We again decline to adopt this line of reasoning,” the court wrote in its opinion.

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Hall—determining how mental disability should be defined—it could strip states of some power in setting such policies.

Death penalty actions, by state. (Credit: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)

Death penalty actions, by state. (Credit: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty)

New Death Warrant – FADP Update

FADP Update


Governor Scott has signed a Death Warrant for Thomas Knight to be executed on Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm ET. Darius Kimbrough is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 12.

Florida has become “the worst of the worst” of Death Penalty states. Florida is now second only to Texas for the number of executions in 2013. Last year Florida led the nation in new death sentences (22).


Florida has the nation’s second largest Death Row with 405 men and women awaiting the executioner. In tragic irony, Florida leads the nation in exonerations of Death Row inmates (24).


Please TAKE ACTION!!!  Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency and commute the death sentences of Darius Kimbrough and Thomas Knight to Life in Prison Without Parole.


Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.


Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146 




“Only in a society where state governments are intoxicated with the power to kill would you view a sentence of life imprisonment without parole as a lenient sentence.”Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama 


Please support the Florida statewide coalition effort to end executions. “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.


Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page.

Shine the light,



Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty,

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

William Happ confessed killing Angie Crowley: some minutes before his execution

Gesändnis kurz vor HinrichtungYahoo Nachrichten   vor 18 Stunden

William Happ gestand den Mord an Angie Crowley kurz vor seiner Hinrichtung (Bild: Thinkstock) – der Mord geschah im Jahre 1986



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