Newsletter: August 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

Our newsletters are sent to members at the end of every month. They are composed of articles (usually US death penalty-themed) written by members for members.
We publish an abbreviated version here shortly after it is sent out. If you'd like to write for the newsletter and support us, click here to become a member.

Matrix Bursary Applications Now OPEN!

If you're considering doing a US internship but don't know how you're going to fund it, Amicus in conjunction with Matrix Chambers could help! We are giving 3 US internship candidates bursaries worth £500 each to help partially fund their internship. All you have to do is apply!
Deadline is Sunday 28th October at 23:59 pm.
For more details and to apply click here.

Booking For Autumn Training NOW OPEN!!
Amicus' US Death Penalty Autumn Training 2018 will be taking place on 19th - 21st October and 3rd - 4th November.

Spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment book your place here

Amicus Student Reps!!
Applications for Amicus student reps are now open! To check if your university has a rep and to apply click here
Deadline is Friday 5th October*.
Alternatively, check our the Student Rep section on our website for more details.

*BCU and Birmingham students apply early. We have a special opportunity for you to host a talk with death row exonerees, Sunny and Peter, in October.
Deadline for Birmingham and BCU students is Wednesday 19th September at 23:59 pm.

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US Internships
For those of you interested in completing an Amicus US internship, please click here for more details and to apply.

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German drug maker sues to block Nebraska execution
On Friday 10th August a Federal Judge ruled against Fresenius Kabi, a German pharmaceutical company who alleged that Nebraska had illegally obtained ... Read more

Florida justices halt execution as handwritten notes contradict police testimony
On August 10, the Florida Supreme Court halted the execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez. The unanimous one- page order issued by the Court did not explain the reasons the justices granted the stay. Nonetheless, Mr Jimenez’s execution ... Read more

PTSD and a system in chaos
Andrew Witt and Robert Fisher were two servicemen initially sentenced to death whilst suffering with Brain Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) respectively. It was only after repeated re-trials and appeals that they received ‘relief’ from their death sentence. Both cases raise a number of ambiguities regarding ... Read more

The pope changed the catholic church’s position on the death penalty, will the supreme court follow?
On August 2nd 2018, Pope Francis made a revision to the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, stating definitively that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases on the grounds that it is an attack on the dignity of a person. This marks ... Read more

Missouri federal appeals court: journalist’s execution witness lawsuit may proceed
Christopher S. McDaniel is a well-known investigative journalist who has written extensively on the death penalty, including several articles criticizing Missouri’s execution practices. In January 2014, McDaniel applied to be a witness to ... Read more

Amicus would like to extend a special thanks to Caroline Skeet, Micheal Henshall, Allison Phillips, Rani Kaur, and Siobhán Caslin, for their contributions to this month's newsletter.

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