Newsletter: August, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

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.

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In the News

The death penalty has a discriminatory past: Research suggests this has not changed

A recent analysis by Greenville News of South Carolina’s 35 current death row cases reveals a persistent legacy of racial bias and arbitrariness... Read more by becoming an Amicus member.

Despite strong evidence of innocence, courts and officials ‘pass the buck’, keeping Toforest Johnson on Alabama’s death row

Toforest Johnson has been on death row for 24 years for a crime many believe he did not commit. A wide array of experienced individuals in the legal profession... Read more by becoming an Amicus member.

Oklahoma Board of Pardons and Parole Recommends Clemency for James Coddington, ultimately denied by Governor Stitt

On August 3, 2022, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for James Coddington, who was ultimately executed on 25 August 2022... Read more by becoming an Amicus member.

Republican Oklahoma lawmakers seek hearing in death row case

Sixty-one Oklahoma legislators – most of them pro-death penalty Republicans – signed a letter asking the state’s attorney-general to call for a new hearing...  Read more by becoming an Amicus member.

Last convicted Salem ‘witch’ is finally cleared 

Elizabeth Johnson Jr. has finally been exonerated. She was one of thirty people found guilty of practising witchcraft between February 1692 and May 1693... Read more by becoming an Amicus member.

Newly-appointed State Attorney reverses death penalty decision

One of the first acts of the newly-appointed Hillsborough State Attorney was to announce that her office would seek the death penalty for Matthew Terry... Read more by becoming an Amicus member.