Newsletter: October 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018
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Washington State Supreme Court rules death penalty unconstitutional
On 11th October 2018 the Washington State Supreme Court filed its opinion in the case of State v. Gregory. Authoring the majority opinion, Chief Justice Fairhurst held that “Washington’s death penalty scheme is unconstitutional, as administered, because...Read more

Supplementary article

Constitutionally unacceptable: Washington waves goodbye to the death penalty - Read more

Stay of execution for death row inmate with schizophrenia
The planned execution of death row inmate Kwame Rockwell, which had been set for 24 October 2018, has been delayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for the appointment of mental health experts to re-examine...Read more

“Abolished. Full stop.” - world day against the death penalty, Malaysia abolition plan and European Union declaration
On 10 October 2018 - World Day Against the Death Penalty - the new Malaysian government announced its intention to repeal its law on capital punishment. At the same time, the Council of Europe and European Union issued a joint declaration reaffirming European “opposition to...Read more

How obsolete laws and unfair trials created North Carolina’s outsized Death Row
The death penalty is becoming increasingly rare in North Carolina, yet its death row remains the sixth largest in the United States. More than 100 of its 142 prisoners have been waiting on death row for over 20 years. Since they were convicted, there has been...Read more

Texas supreme court to rehear case to disclose ID of execution drug supplier
The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to return to a previous ruling which dealt with the disclosure of the drug supplier used to provide the lethal injection for the execution of inmates on death row. The supplier has been kept a secret for a number of years, following...Read more

Amicus would like to extend a special thanks to Edward Grigg, Mollie Briggs, Shaniah Royer, Tom Firth-Jones, Hannah Burrows and Megan Brookfield, for their contributions to this month's newsletter.

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