Faith Community Responses to the Death Penalty

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 …

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The Death Penalty: Evolving Issues in Florida

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 …

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Florida’s Catholic bishops repeated their plea for Gov. Rick Scott ….

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 …

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Death Penalty, Still Racist and Arbitrary

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. …

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Commission on Capital Cases gets put to sleep ….

  By Raoul G. Cantero & Mark R. Schlakman | Special to the Sentinel 12:00 a.m. EDT, May 27, 2011 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 …

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Death Penalty Information Center report

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. …

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Restoring fairness to the death penalty

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 …

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State must act to fix flaws in the death penalty

ABA Forum in Tallahassee with the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. My View essay in October 30th, 2010 edition Tallahassee, Democrat Raoul G. Cantero III and Mark R. Schlakman Four years ago, the American Bar Association released a comprehen­sive Florida Death Penalty Assessment Team report that raised serious concerns about …

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