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Juvenile Offender Executed in Iran This Morning

Amnesty International learned today about the tragic and very unexpected execution of Delara Darabi this morning in Iran. Delara had been given a two month stay of execution by Ayatollah…

May 1, 2009


Global Day of Action for Troy Davis, May 19

On April 16, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Troy Davis’ application for permission to file a new petition in Federal Court.  This denial cannot be appealed, but Davis’…

April 27, 2009


Tweet to help Amnesty win $100k for human rights!

Today, please send Twitter messages supporting Amnesty International to actor Hugh Jackman @RealHughJackman.  The actor is asking fans to help him choose a charity worthy of his $100,000 donation and…

April 23, 2009


Stop These Executions!

Delara Darabi faces imminent execution.  Like many sentenced to death in Iran, she was convicted of a crime committed when she was a child.  Almost no other country in the…

April 10, 2009


Who Wants To Know?

Yesterday, the Seattle Times reported that Washington State’s execution team resigned, out of concern that their identities might be revealed during the course of a pending lawsuit over that state’s…

April 3, 2009


Bad News, Good News

The bad news is that the United States is still among the top executioners in the world.  The good news is that the numbers are down.  According to an Amnesty…

March 24, 2009


New Mexico Abolishes Death Penalty!

Tonight, a little after 6 PM mountain time, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law a bill abolishing the death penalty in his state. After weeks of publicly wrestling…

March 19, 2009


One More Step Forward

Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 in support of HB 285, the bill that repeals New Mexico’s death penalty.  This is the committee that, in the past,…

March 10, 2009



The Saturday New York Times story on Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Justice Sharon Keller contains this gem:  "We can’t give new trials to everyone who establishes, after conviction,…

March 9, 2009


Death Penalty Abolition in Maryland: UPDATE 2

The Maryland Senate this morning voted for a “compromise” on the bill formerly known as the repeal bill.  In this compromise legislation, the death penalty would be restricted to cases…

March 4, 2009