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. …
10 death row inmates in TN challenge electrocution law
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By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated PressNASHVILLE, TN (AP) – A Nashville judge has ruled that the 10 death row inmates already challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol may amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.
The General Assembly passed a law earlier this year allowing prisoners to be electrocuted if the Department of Correction were unable to obtain the drug used for lethal injection.
Prior to that, prisoners could not be forced to die by the electric chair although they were allowed to choose electrocution under some circumstances.
The death row inmates claim the new law violates both the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. Among other things, they claim it violates evolving standards of decency.
Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled on Wednesday that the inmates could amend their lawsuit.
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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.
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.
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.
“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
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered Darius Kimbrough be killed on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6pm ET. Darius was sentenced to death for the 1991 killing of Denise Collins. William Happ is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm ET.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION: Public Domain Photo Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency to commute the death sentences of William Happ and Darius Kimbrough to Life in Prison with No Parole.
Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146
The FADP Coalition needs your help! FADP has been working and holding events around the state with exonerated Death Row survivors, murder victims’ family members, human rights groups, civil rights groups, faith organizations, community organizations, legal groups, student groups, and many others. We have to do more. We simply don’t have the funds. We can’t do this without your help.We need your donations NOW for gas, food, printing, handouts, signs, banners, truck repairs, cell phone use, etc.
Inmates sell their wares behind a chainlink fence at the Angola Prison Rodeo on April 20, 2013. (Photo by Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
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Three inmates on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary have filed suit in Baton Rouge federal court against jail officials for what they call “appalling and extreme conditions … as a result of extreme heat” in the facilities. The lawsuit requests that corrections officials work with the warden and jail staff to mitigate “extreme and unsafe” temperatures and humidity in the Death Row facility at the penitentiary, which is more commonly known as Angola Prison.
The lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of the inmates by the Promise of Justice Initiative, says the conditions prisoners suffer each summer violate the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eight Amendment.
The defendants are Department of Public Safety and Corrections and specifically its Secretary James LeBlanc, Angola Prison Warden Burl Cain and Death Row Warden Angela Norwood. The plaintiffs are Death Row inmates Elzie Ball, Nathaniel Code and James Magee.
According to the lawsuit documents, the heat index — or how hot “it feels” — on Death Row reached 195 degrees Fahrenheit on more than one occasion in the summer of 2011. Last summer, the index was above 126 degrees on 85 days between May and August, the suit said.
The Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization offering free legal advice, obtained the heat index information through a public records request after being alerted to the temperature concerns by inmates about two years ago. Additional information was added by inmate and visitor anecdotes.
The lawsuit states Angola’s new Death Row facility was constructed in 2008 and outfitted with duct work throughout to provide climate control. However, while visitation rooms, guard towers and offices are air-conditioned, the “tiers” occupied by inmates are only outfitted with fans that “merely blow hot air into Plaintiffs’ cells,” the suit said.
“During the summer, the bars of the cells are hot to the touch and the cinder block walls release additional heat,” according to the suit. Inmates choose to sleep on the concrete “because the floor is slightly cooler than their beds.”
Bill’s lawyer wants to flood the Governor’s office with letters. He will send a form letter and can be modified by the individual. Is there anything you can do to help?
“It is both tragic and ironic that the state that sends the highest number of wrongfully convicted people to death row is considering speeding up executions,” said Mark Elliott, of the group Innocent on Death Row. “Speeding up executions virtually guarantees that innocent people will be executed.”.
Gov. Rick Scott has signed a Death Warrant for William Van Poyck and has scheduled his execution for Wednesday, June 12th at 6pm ET. Billy Van Poyck is to be killed for the 1987 homicide of corrections officer Fred Griffis during a failed escape attempt.
Please TAKE ACTION!!! Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS and VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT.
Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146
Please sign and share the petition of Juan Melendez to Gov. Rick Scott to VETO THE TIMELY JUSTICE ACT (HB7083). Juan was exonerated and released after almost 18 years on Florida’s Death Row.
In the face of the growing national movement away from executions and death sentences, Florida executions are set to forcibly speed up and the numbers to explode. Florida now accounts for more than a fourth of all new death sentences in the nation (22 of 78). It has degenerated into a killing contest among a few ambitious and powerful politicians in Tallahassee. It is not about justice, being smart and tough on crime, or wise use of taxpayer dollars…it’s about political posturing.
Our leadership has made NO mention of solving more of the 14,000 unsolved Florida homicides, boosting programs to effectively help murder victim’s families, or reviving successful crime prevention programs. These public safety programs and others have been cut back while a million dollars a week is blindly thrown at our failed government program for the Death Penalty with almost no accountability or oversight and absolutely no cost-benefit analysis. With the national record of 24 Death Row exonerations, no amount of executions will hide the fact that Florida’s Death Penalty is “the worst of the worst” of failed government programs.
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,
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org
The legislature has passed the very dangerous TIMELY JUSTICE ACT. It is now on Gov. Scott’s desk to be signed. Once signed, this bill will become law. Please contact Gov. Scott’s office and ask him to VETO THIS BILL.
This law will limit appeals for ALL those under sentence of death. It also forces the Governor to sign their Death Warrants within 30 days after appeals are exhausted and clemency is denied. It demands that their executions take place within 180 days. Reports are that 13 prisoners are in this category today and another 80 have exhausted appeals and are awaiting clemency hearings. There are now over 400 people on Florida’s Death Row.
Gov. Rick Scott: 850-488-7146
Please say whatever you like. Here are some quick points:
Speeding up executions increases the risk of executing innocent people. 24 people have been exonerated long after being sentenced to death in Florida. Eight were under a death sentence longer than 10 years. For some it took 18 – 20 years to be exonerated and released. There has been one exoneration for every three executions in our state (24 exonerations and 75 executions).
This law surrenders powerful Executive Branch authority and gives it to the Legislative Branch. Florida’s governors would no longer decide which Death Warrants to sign, when to sign and when to schedule executions.
There is no need to rush these hasty and dangerous changes into law. For those sentenced to death in Florida, the average time from conviction to execution is almost 2 years less than the national average (13.2 yrs vs. 14.8 yrs). The Florida Supreme Court has formed a Commission to investigate the issues that prompted this bill. The report is due in September. Let’s get the facts before rushing risky life or death changes into law.
Please call or email ASAP – the Governor is making his decision now!
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Brothers and Sisters,
Rick Scott put a hold (temporary) on the execution of Paul Howell. Even the governor is having second thoughts!
Those of us on this path see the injustice of the legal system that sends so many to Death Row and later realizes it failed to prove its case. The failure is seen in the number of exonerations. Florida as more failures than any other state. People’s lives are taken whether by years in prison or the killing chamber.
We want to educate people because when people know the truth about the system, they will see the need to halt the death penalty until it has been studied. Many are working for this cause: here are some good people you might know who have worked to halt Florida’s executions. Joe Durocher was Public Defender for Orange County for 25 years. Rita Lucey, Miguel Rodriguez, Adele Azar-Rucqois and many others, more than 1000 others in fact have signed the petition.
But the man who knows the most is Mark Eliot who has devoted years of his life putting together the facts. To see details about the system, go to Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. There you will see statistics on race, the impact on families of the victims and on the families of the person accused of the crime. You can compare costs between life in prison and execution. You’ll find this and many other details at