Newsletter: December 2018

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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Weekend 2: 23rd & 24th March

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In the News

Lawsuits in Indiana and Missouri may bring more transparency in execution process
Following two public access lawsuits filed in Indiana and Missouri, the process for death penalty executions in those states may become more transparent. In Indiana, in a public access lawsuit ruling handed down on 30 November 2018, a Marion County Court ordered that the state must release records for the pre 2017 period, concerning details of how the state carried out executions ...Read more

Father of murder victim expresses disdain to the possibility of death penalty sentence
As James Alex Fields Jr. arrived at a white supremacist rally, his disagreement with counter-protesters became evident as he drove his car into the crowd, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer. In Virginia, Fields Jr. faced ...Read more

“Beats being on death row” – the last words of David E Miller
Just weeks before Christmas, on 6 December 2018, David Earl Miller became the second inmate in as many months to be executed by electric chair in the State of Tennessee. His execution followed a refusal by Governor Bill Haslam to grant clemency notwithstanding the submissions made on his behalf that Miller was suffering from profound mental disorders at the time he committed ...Read more