As usual, Texas is in the spotlight regarding capital punishment, as a big victory was had at the United States Supreme Court this week in stopping the execution of Cleve Foster, who was scheduled to make history as the first…more
This week, Terry Lenamon was interviewed by Ana M. Valdes of the Palm Beach Post for his expert opinion as a death-qualified criminal defense attorney regarding the Jorge and Carmen Barahona murder trial, now that the…more
Troy Davis sits on Georgia’s Death Row today with less and less hope to escape execution.
This week, the United States Supreme Court declined Troy Davis’ request to review the determination by federal trial judge William T…more
The reality that individuals suffering from severe mental illness set on Death Rows all across the country today should not even be the subject for debate - the reality is too obvious. Whether they were mentally ill at the time…more
Georgia has halted its execution schedule now that the federal government has swooped in and taken its stash of sodium thiopental. Seems that the Drug Enforcment Administration (DEA) believes that the State of Georgia violated…more
Mental health professionals and those dealing with mental health issues are well aware of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It is used everyday in the law, as well, and you can find a copy on most…more
Today, there is an understandably large amount of news coverage aboutthe state of Illinois abolishing the death penalty - with the Illinois governor waiting until the eleventh hour to make his decision on whether he would stand…more
Move over, habeas corpus. The United States Supreme Court has ruled (read the full opinion here) that Texas Death Row inmate Hank Skinner can indeed pursue a civil lawsuit brought under federal civil rights law as he tries to…more
The Reverend Carroll Pickett served as the death house chaplain for the State of Texas for many years, and he holds the international record for witnessing the most government executions (95).
Today, Reverend Pickett tours…more
Last month, two death row inmates had their sentences changed to life without parole after authorities confirmed each suffers from severe mental illness. In Oregon, Robert James Acremant had his sentence changed after state…more
The pressure is building over in Illinois .... Governor Pat Quinn still has not made his decision on whether or not Illinois will abolish the death penalty. Not that he isn’t busy enough with massive blizzards, and a budget…more
Seems Tennessee can’t find a supplier for its lethal injection executions using a three drug cocktail that includes sodium thiopental (guess they haven’t called Besse Medical), so pentobarbital is apparently being considered as…more
There is an amazing amount of news coverage focusing upon capital punishment today - and it’s focus is Iran. Right now, lawmakers in Iran - their legal representatives -- are actually demanding that their political opposition…more
Scheduling executions for various states in this country continues to be in flux, primarily due to this continuing problem of having Hospira exit the marketplace as the supplier of sodium thiopental, a necessary component to the…more
As the Florida Capital Resource Center grows, stories like this will become more commonplace - but today, it’s a major victory we’re celebrating since the First District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of allowing additional…more
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