The Death Penalty

Supreme Court Rules Denial of DNA Testing a Valid Civil Rights Action

The Supreme Court has ruled that any request for DNA evidence by a death row inmate denied by the prosecution represents a valid Civil Rights action in federal courts, according to a recent decision. Part of the problem is that unlike 42 other states in the Union, Alabama does not have a law requiring post-conviction…

Let There Be DNA Testing for All Death Row Inmates

Last week, the US Supreme Court granted a stay to Tommy Arthur, an inmate on Alabama’s death row who was scheduled to be executed Thursday. But this story is not over yet. Arthur says he is innocent of the murder for which he has already served almost 25 years and there is biological evidence that…

Governor Riley Grants Stay of Execution for Arthur

Perhaps Alabama Governor Bob Riley has a heart after all, or maybe he just knows serious political pressure when he sees it. Within a half hour of our posting the editorial below and sending it via e-mail to the governor’s office, “Cowboy boots” Bob granted a 45-stay of execution for death row inmate Tommy Arthur.…

Is Bob Riley About to Commit Political Murder?

Alabama Governor Has A Chance Today to Do The Right Thing He Can Order DNA Testing in a Death Penalty Case Alabama’s Republican Governor Bob Riley has a chance today to do the right thing for once in his political career. But he may find it difficult in his black heart, due to political pressure…

Tookie Williams Put to Death in Spite of Good Works

Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption, was executed early Tuesday in California. Williams, 51, died at 12:35 a.m. Officials at San Quentin State Prison seemed to have trouble injecting the lethal mixture into his muscular arm. As they struggled to…

Crips Gang Founder Tookie Williams Faces Death Penalty

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams Tuesday , rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row. With a reprieve from the courts considered unlikely, Williams, 51, was set to die by injection at San Quentin…

Vigil Planned for 1,000th U.S. Execution

There will be a vigil in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park Wednesday Nov. 30 for the 1,000th execution in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, according to the Rev. Jack Zylman. “This is a somber milestone in the history of capital punishment, but it comes at a time when the use of…

Criticism Working: Birmingham News Comes Out Against Death Penalty

The Birmingham News must be feeling the heat from the blogosphere. The editorial board came out against the death penalty Sunday and in a series of editorials that continue. The stories are archived on the page linked below. Unfortunately, you must enable cookies in your browser to get to the stories and then you must…

Alabama Execution Protest Sept. 22

This just in from the Rev. Jack Zylman: The state of Alabama is to execute John W. Peoples, Jr. this Thursday, Sept. 22. There is a vigil planned to protest this execution at 5:45 PM, Thursday, September 22, 2005 at Kelly Ingram Park, 16th Street North and 6th Avenue in Birmingham. John W. Peoples Jr.…