Troy Davis was convicted of shooting and murdering a police officer in Savannah, Georgia, despite glaring holes in the prosecutions arguments. He is now on death row, with an execution date as early as September 11th. He is one of thousands who face execution for crimes they may not have committed.
The emergence of DNA testing, and the ability to use the science of the body’s cells to solve crimes, has been a great help. However, in the past decades, DNA evidence wasn’t available.
The death penalty would be abolished in Illinois under legislation the House approved for the first time Thursday, but the ban’s fate is uncertain in the final days of the General Assembly’s lame-duck session.
After 18 years of incarceration and countless protestations of innocence, Anthony Graves finally got a nod of approval from the one person who mattered Wednesday and at last returned home — free from charges that he participated in the butchery of a family in Somerville.
A 41-year-old woman who conspired to murder her husband and stepson has been executed in the US state of Virginia. Teresa Lewis was the first woman to be put to death in the US for five years and in Virginia since 1912.
On 23 September, 40-year-old Teresa Lewis will become the first woman to be executed in the state of Virginia for almost a century. She’ll also be the first woman put to death in the US since 2005. Considering that, in the intervening five years, around 220 men will have been executed, it puts it into perspective: executing women is unusual.
The anti-death penalty movement is an offshoot of the global human rights movement as expressed by private associations and later by a variety of governments.
Toward the beginning of “The Autobiography of an Execution,” David Dow relaxes after a speech with the celebrated death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean. “It was the first time I went drinking with a nun.”