Newsletter: June 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Did you know... almost all defendants in capital cases cannot afford their own attorneys? 


Autumn Training 2016 dates released!

We have now confirmed our US Death Penalty Training dates for the autumn. The course will run across Friday 4th - Sunday 6th November, and Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th November. Both weekends will be held in central London law firms. For more information and to book now, click here!

ArtReach at Made in Greenwich

ArtReach (the first part of our Art for Amicus series) launched this week with great success. Over two evenings, we discussed the importance of art to those in confinement and considered some beautiful artwork created in very difficult circumstances. The exhibition will continue at Made in Greenwich gallery (SE10 9SW) until 6th July so pop down when you get a chance!


Supreme Court to hear Texas death penalty cases dealing with racial bias and intellectual disability

In an unusual and significant move, the Supreme Court (the Court) has lined up to hear two death penalty appeals during its next term. Read more...

Louisiana executions on hold until at least 2018 

A recent court order has suspended all executions within Louisiana until at least 8th January 2018 as a result of current federal proceedings which seek to challenge the constitutionality of Lousiana’s lethal injection. Read more...

Vote to repeal California's death penalty qualifies for November ballot

Californians will have the opportunity to repeal the 38-year-old death penalty. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has announced that the initiative, the Justice that Works Act, has qualified for the November ballot. Read more...

Texas Court stays execution of man convicted by now debunked "shaken baby" testimony

On 16 June 2016 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a motion staying Robert Robertson’s execution.  In February 2003 Robertson had been found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death. Read more...

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Amicus would like to thank Kimmie Fearnside, Caroline Skeet, Shelina Khudurun and Joseph Beard for their contributions to this month's newsletter.