Amnesty International Responds to Execution of Mexican National in Texas

Amnesty International
January 22, 2014

Amnesty International Responds to Execution of Mexican National in Texas
Authorities Value Power to Kill More Than Obligation to Do What is Right

(Washington, D.C.) – Amnesty International USA Executive Director, Steven W. Hawkins, released the following statement in response to the execution of Mexican national in Texas.

“Tonight, Edgar Tamayo became the 509th prisoner executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Days before his execution, Edgar was reported to have said, ‘If they execute me, please tell my countrymen, all of Mexico, to forgive me for having failed them and returning in a box.’

“When Texas authorities took Edgar’s life they defied our nation’s international obligations. Edgar had a right to know he could seek the support and assistance of his government. If he had, he might have had a lawyer that would have conducted more than 16 hours’ worth of investigation before going to trial. He might have had an expert testify that the brain injuries he sustained as a child could only be described as ‘life-changing’. He might have had an expert psychologist testify that he suffered from ‘mild mental retardation’ and had an IQ of 67. Most of all, he might still be alive today.

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Wrongful Convictions Panel: What Went Wrong?

Since 1973, 142 people in 26 states have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. On average, the exonerated prisoner spent 9.8 years behind bars.

Juan Meléndez and Greg Wilhoit, from Witness to Innocence, spent a combined 22+ years on death row for crimes they did not commit. Hear their powerful stories about their journey from death row to freedom. Professor Aliza Kaplan and Professor Tung Yin will provide legal insight on wrongful convictions and the criminal justice system.

March 6, 2013
6:00 – 7:30PM
Lewis & Clark Law School
McCarty Classroom 2
10015 SW Terwilliger Boulevard
Portland, OR 97219
Free and open to the public

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Death Penalty Panel Discussion at PCC

The Death Penalty in Oregon:
Targeting the Poor and Mentally Ill

Join us for a panel discussion on the Death Penalty in Oregon: Targeting the Poor and Mentally Ill. This event will discuss problems with the death penalty in Oregon including mental illness evaluation during trials, effects of solitary confinement, mental illness treatment on death row, and more. The panel will include Capital Defense Attorney Jeff Ellis, forensic and clinical psychologist Dr. Michelle Guyton, and political science Professor Dr. Michael Sonnleitner.

February 21, 2013
6:00 – 7:30PM
Portland Community College
Cascade Campus
Student Center (SC), Cafeteria
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217

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Death Penalty Abolition Teach-in, Saturday Sept 29

Troy Davis, Carlos De Luna, Cameron Todd Willingham. All cases of wrongful execution. Had enough of the state killing innocent people in our names? Ready for abolition of the death penalty in Oregon?

Be sure to attend an upcoming teach-in to learn more about the case of Reggie Clemons, how to advocate for him, and ways to get involved in the abolition efforts here in Oregon.

Death Penalty Abolition Teach-in
Saturday, September 29, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
First Unitarian Church
1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland

RSVP to Lauren Zielinski by email or on Facebook.

Vigil to Remember Troy Davis

Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia last year on September 21. Join us on the first anniversary of the execution to keep his memory alive and rally to end the death penalty. Let’s not forget.

Vigil to Remember Troy Davis
Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm
St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church
601 West Burnside Street, Portland

RSVP to Lauren Zielinski by email or on Facebook.