Newsletter: June, 2022

Thursday, June 30, 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

Tennessee Documents reveal significant irregularities in Tennessee executions

Executions in Tennessee could be on hold for years after court records from a lawsuit brought by Tennessee death-row prisoners have revealed widespread irregularities in the state’s execution practices...  Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Arizona violated court order to allow media to witness execution

In general, American law mandates that only specific people are allowed to witness executions of death row inmates. These include the prisoner’s immediate family members, the prison warden, up to seven members of the media selected and others...  Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

The awkward truth about the death penalty

The phrase “I don’t support the death penalty, except when…” is particularly common in death penalty discourse. There is almost always this exception. Despite this, according to a recent Gallup poll, support for the death penalty in the US is currently at around 54%...  Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Death row inmate barred from challenging his sentence on grounds of intellectual disability

A Tennessee death-row prisoner has appealed a trial judge’s refusal to vacate his death sentence, despite defence attorneys and county prosecutors agreeing that he is intellectually disabled...   Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s defence attorneys request to withdraw from death penalty trial

On 6 June, the team of public defenders representing Nikolas Cruz filed a motion requesting to withdraw from the penalty phase of his trial in Broward County, Florida. Cruz pleaded guilty in October 2021 to 17 counts of first-degree murder in a school shooting...  Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.