On March 5, 1982 in a small Florida town in Wakulla County a man was abducted and his home set on fire. Two months later his skeletal remains were found along the canal of an abandoned airstrip.
Hear author Herb Donaldson talk about his family, his community and his uncle who was sent to Florida’s death row and executed on December 6, 1996 for a murder he may not have committed.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18 – Leon County Library, Room B
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
The selling of books in not permitted at the library. Purchase your copy early at one of the following locations so that the author may sign it at the event:
- · Bayleaf Market (Wakulla)
- · Paperback Rack (Tallahassee on No. Monroe St)
- · Amazon.com (online)
Execution – Robert Henry
Just a day after Juan Carlos Chavez was executed Governor Rick Scott signed a death warrant for Robert Henry. His execution is scheduled for March 20 at 6 p.m., according to the Governor’s Office.
Unless there is a stay, we will hold a Vigil in front of the Governor’s Mansion at the time of the execution and a Service of Remembrance at the Capitol Rotunda at 12 noon on Friday, March 21st.
Florida Governors and Executions
1979 – 1987
| 16 total = 8 average per term
1987 – 1990
| 9 total = 9 average per term
1991 – 1998
| 18 total = 9 average per term
1999 – 2006
| 21 total = 10+ average per term
2007 – 2010
| 5 total = 5 average per term
2011 – present
| 15 total and 1 scheduled = 16 – at current rate possibly 20 per term
FAITH COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO THE DEATH PENALTY
Inspired by a suggestion and some ground work laid by Rev. Emory Hingst, several TCADP members put the finishing touches on a booklet of statements on the death penalty from approximately twenty different faiths. Nancy Smith Fichter and Robert Fichter worked to get as many statements as possible and to obtain the most current available. We printed 350 booklets and are making sure that every member of the Florida Legislature, Governor Rick Scott, and Attorney General Pam Bondi, all have a copy. Click the link to download a copy of this booklet published by TCADP as part of our lobbying effort.
Faith Comments 2-4-13
The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights & the American Bar Association present:The Death Penalty: Evolving Issues in Florida
A two-hour forum that will include perspective and commentary from FSU President Emeritus, former Dean of the College of Law and former American Bar Association President Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte; former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero; 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Janet Ferris (retired); 18th Judicial Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton (retired) and former member of the ABA Florida Death Penalty Assessment Team; Harry Shorstein, former Fourth Continue reading ‘The Death Penalty: Evolving Issues in Florida’ »
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has once again filed a bill to abolish the death penalty. HB 4011 is in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House. It remains to be seen if Rep. Matt Gaetz (son of Senate President Don Gaetz) will permit a hearing on the bill. Continue reading ‘Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, files a bill to abolish the death penalty in Florida.’ »
Travis Pillow writes in the Florida Independent that Florida’s Catholic bishops repeated their plea for Gov. Rick Scott to call off the execution of Manuel Valle, the subject of Scott’s first death warrant.
Valle was convicted of the 1978 killing of a Coral Gables police officer, and first sentenced in 1981. He then waged a decades-long series of appeals, including most recently a challenge to Florida’s lethal injection drug mixture and procedures, which allowed him to delay his scheduled execution.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday allowing the execution to proceed. It is scheduled for Sept. 1. Continue reading ‘Florida’s Catholic bishops repeated their plea for Gov. Rick Scott ….’ »
Op-Ed Contributor, New York Times
By DAVID R. DOW
Published: July 8, 2011, Houston
LAST week was the 35th anniversary of the return of the American death penalty. It remains as racist and as random as ever.
Several years after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a University of Iowa law professor, David C. Baldus (who died last month), along with two colleagues, published a study examining more than 2,000 homicides that took place in Georgia beginning in 1972. They found that black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks. Continue reading ‘Death Penalty, Still Racist and Arbitrary’ »
A commission established by the Florida Legislature almost 15 years ago to monitor the administration of justice in death penalty post-conviction proceedings has itself been sentenced to death.
The unintended consequences may be significant.
The Commission on Capital Cases, a relatively obscure entity, was abolished earlier this month purportedly to “save” $400,000 in related costs. Among its tasks was to receive public input, and advise and make recommendations to the governor, Legislature and Florida Supreme Court.
The current slate of commissioners, a Republican and a Democrat from the Senate and the House, a retired District Court of Appeal judge and a former county court judge, seemed poised to play a more active role than their immediate predecessors.
However, the Florida Senate adopted a relatively low-profile and late-emerging House conforming bill during the final hours of the 2011 regular legislative session without deliberation.
On December 21, the Death Penalty Information Center released its latest report, “The Death Penalty in 2010: Year End Report,” on statistics and trends in capital punishment in the past year. The report noted there was a 12% decrease in executions in 2010 compared to 2009 and a more than 50% drop compared to 1999. DPIC projected that the number of new death sentences will be 114 for 2010, near last year’s number of 112, which was the lowest number since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Death sentences declined in all four regions of the country over the past ten years, with a 50 percent decrease nationwide when the current decade is compared to the 1990s. Only 12 states carried out executions in 2010, mostly in the South, and only seven states carried out more than one execution. Texas led the country with 17 executions, but that was a significant drop from last year. The number of new death sentences in Texas this year was 8, a dramatic decline from 1999 when 48 people were sentenced to death. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 82% of the executions have been in the South. California has not had an execution in almost 5 years, and the same is true for North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and many other states that rarely carry out the death penalty. “Whether it’s concerns about the high costs of the death penalty at a time when budgets are being slashed, the risks of executing the innocent, unfairness, or other reasons, the nation continued to move away from the death penalty in 2010,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s Executive Director and the report’s author.
Thursday 09 December 2010
by: Robert Wilbur, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis
Practicing Medicine on Death Row ( Edited: Jared
Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)
Execution by lethal injection has shone a harsh light on the complicity
of health professionals – physicians, nurses and paramedics – in
carrying out capital punishment. In a 2001 survey in the prestigious
journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, an astonishing 41 percent of
physicians surveyed said that they would assist or even carry out an
execution by lethal injection and there is little evidence that the
percentage has changed significantly since then. Deborah W. Denno JD,
PhD, a leading scholar of death penalty litigation at the Fordham
University School of Law in New York City, remarked that physician
participation in executions is more prevalent than one might think,
although exact numbers are not available because of the secrecy
surrounding executions. And this does not even include the nurses and
paramedics (also known as Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs) who
head up the execution teams in many states. Interestingly, the
leadership of several major organizations have taken a more enlightened
view on executions than many of their members.
Continue reading ‘Practicing Medicine on Death Row’ »
Daniel Ruth St Petersburg Times Correspondent
Restoring fairness to the death penalty,
In Print: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Imagine lying on a gurney, a needle inserted in your arm. The clock ticks toward the appointed hour. In minutes you’ll be — dead.
The only thing standing between your last breath and a reprieve is the U.S. Supreme Court. Maybe you are guilty of your crimes. Then again, maybe you’re not. And maybe nobody cares.
At a moment like this, that person facing society’s ultimate sanction should have at the very least an expectation he will get a fair shake from the judicial system. After all, once the switch gets thrown, there are no mulligans on death row. Continue reading ‘Restoring fairness to the death penalty’ »