Send messages of support to Reggie Clemons

On Monday, September 17th, Reggie Clemons’ case will be reviewed for what could be the last time. He was sentenced to death in Missouri, despite many lingering questions about whether he was coerced to confess.

Chances like this don’t happen often and we are grateful for this special opportunity. Before we reach that step, it is important to understand a few things about the case, Reggie and just how fatal the flaws of the death penalty system can be.

The state of Missouri has accused Reggie of killing two young women — pushing them into the Mississippi River in April 1991. The pain the family of these two girls has suffered after such a staggering loss is unfathomable. But from the beginning, the case against Reggie has been riddled with grave and glaring problems.

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Reserve your ticket for INCENDIARY: The Willingham Case

AIUSA Group 48 and Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are to present a special showing of the film, Incendiary. In 1991, Cameron Todd Willingham’s three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Tried and convicted for their arson murders, Willingham was executed in February 2004 despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution’s arson evidence. This film asks the question, did Texas execute an innocent man?

Thursday, August 30th at 7:30pm
Regal Fox Tower 10 Theater
846 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
Tickets: $10.00 each

95 tickets must be reserved by August 22th at 7:30pm for the event to happen! Click here to reserve your ticket now!

The special viewing will follow by a discussion to learn more about the case, the issue of wrongful conviction, and how to get involved in the movement to prevent it from occurring again. Spread the word!

Texas man due to be executed despite evidence of mental disability

Amnesty International
3 August 2012

USA: Texas man due to be executed despite evidence of mental disability

The Texas authorities should commute the death sentence of a prisoner assessed as having a mental disability but facing execution in under a week, Amnesty International said today.

Marvin Wilson, a 54-year-old African American man, is due to be put to death by lethal injection on 7 August for a murder committed in 1992. A clinical neuropsychologist has concluded that he has “mental retardation”.

A decade ago, in Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme Court prohibited the execution of offenders with “mental retardation”, but left it up to the individual states as to how to comply with the ruling.

“While a majority of countries have stopped executing anyone, let alone people with mental disabilities, the USA continues to buck this global trend, with Texas all too often leading the way,” said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s USA Researcher.

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40 Years from Furman Decision – June 27 event

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Furman v. Georgia decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty to be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Please join us in a presentation on this decision and a discussion of the death penalty in Oregon on June 27th:

40 Years from Furman Decision:
Plan to Abolish the Death Penalty to Be Revealed

Jeff Ellis, Director of Oregon Capital Resource Center and nationally known death penalty defense attorney will be the featured speaker at the 2012 annual meeting of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP). The general public is invited to the meeting and presentation on the Supreme Court’s 1972 Furman v Georgia decision. In the wake of four states replacing their death penalty, in the past four years, more and more attention is being paid to the discussion of the death penalty. Oregon now has a moratorium on executions and the historic perspective on the Furman decision weighs heavily on current discussions.

Wednesday, June 27th, 7 PM
Moriarty Auditorium
Cascade Campus
Portland Community College
705 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR

This event is free and open to the public.

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Connecticut abolishes the death penalty

Amnesty International USA
Press Release
April 25, 2012

Amnesty International Praises Connecticut Gov. Malloy For Signing Law to End Death Penalty; Calls Action “Historic Step Forward for Human Rights”

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, 212-633-4150, strimel@aiusa.org

(Hartford, Ct.) – Amnesty International USA today applauded Governor Dannel P. Malloy for signing into law SB280, which repeals the death penalty in Connecticut for all future cases. The organization urged lawmakers considering repeal in other states to follow Connecticut’s example and vote to reject the “ultimate” human rights violation.

Connecticut joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia, all of which now ban capital punishment.

“Lawmakers in Connecticut finally saw the death penalty for what it is – a barbaric and irreversible punishment that does nothing to stop crime or support its victims,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director, Amnesty International USA. “And no group helped them see these facts more clearly than the families of murder victims. Nearly 200 of these courageous individuals stood up to say that countering one murder with a state-sanctioned killing would only prolong and deepen their anguish. They made the difference in Connecticut. We are very proud to stand with these families today to celebrate an historic step forward for human rights.”

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