Newsletter: November 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018
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In the News

The cautionary tale of Clemente Aguirre
On 5th November, Clemente Aguirre became the 164th wrongfully convicted death row prisoner to be exonerated in the US since 1973 and the 28th in Florida  after spending nearly 15 years behind bars, ten of which were on death row. Aguirre, who always maintained his innocence, described freedom as ...Read more

Supreme court to review Mississippi death penalty case in which prosecutors systematically excluded black jurors
The United States Supreme Court have granted a review in the matter of Curtis Flowers, who was sentenced to death in Mississippi after prosecutors systematically excluded all prospective African American jurors from ...Read more

Four Tennessee death row inmates ask for execution by firing squad
Four death row inmates in Tennessee are asking a federal court to grant permission for them to be executed by firing squad. This request follows the execution of Edmund Zagorski, whose appeal for death via the electric chair, a similarly unorthodox method by today’s standards, was met by the federal ...Read more

Supreme Court reverses Reams’ murder conviction
The Supreme Court of Arkansas on November 8, 2018, in a 5-2 ruling reversed the death penalty given to Kenneth Reams by the Jefferson County Court in 1993. Dissenting were Justices Rhonda Wood and Shawn Womack. Reams, 43, has been on death row since ...Read more

Amicus would like to extend a special thanks to Emma Kemsley-Pein, Rani Kaur, Abigail Cowling and Jessica Bognar for their contributions to this month's newsletter.
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