Newsletter: March, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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

Wyoming considering repeal of the death penalty
Wyoming may become the next state to outlaw capital punishment following a bill that was introduced by Republican Sen. Brian Boner and filed during the 2021 session of the Wyoming legislature. The bill would end the death penalty as a potential punishment for murder conviction...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers push to end state's death penalty
Ohio lawmakers are once again pushing to introduce legislation to abolish the state's death penalty. There is growing confidence that the measure has the bipartisan support needed to become law. Supporters of the new push believe the state's present moratorium driven by the inability to find lethal injection drugs provides new impetus...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Will a third witness confession help keep Julius Jones alive? 
The population of Edmond in the late 1990's was conservative, Christian and over 85% white. The murder of Paul Howell, a well-known and respected white man sent shockwaves through the local community. The pressure on the police to find the killer was huge...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

South Carolina senate approves bill expanding death penalty methods
Recently, the South Carolina senate voted 32-11 in favour of expanding their methods of execution for inmates on death row. The state of South Carolina, being one of the 28 states where the death penalty is legal, currently has 37 people on death row. The bill was introduced in the event of lethal injection drug shortages...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Kentucky House passes bill to ban death penalty for defendants with serious mental illness
On March 5th, the predominantly Republican House of Representatives in Kentucky passed a bill that would prohibit the use of the death penalty for defendants suffering from serious mental illnesses at the time of the offence. The provision proposes that defendants with a documented history of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or delusional disorder, would be ineligible for the death penalty...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.

Ramiro Ibarra's execution stayed by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: the fruits of Moore in practice? 
On February 24th 2021, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of Ramiro Ibarra, which had been due to take place on March 4th. His case was sent back to a trial court, where - amongst other claims - the question as to whether he is intellectually disabled and thus protected from execution by the Eighth Amendment shall be litigated...Read more by becoming an Amicus Member.