WesAmnesty has invited David Amdur to speak on the abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut, which occurred last spring. He is the Project Director for the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP).
From CNADP’s website:
The CNADP is a statewide grassroots non-profit organization committed to educating the public on the realities of capital punishment, creating a state and nation free of the death penalty, supporting murder victims’ families, and working for reforms to reduce wrongful convictions.
Mondo’s Pizza will be provided!
Date: Thursday, November 8th
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave, Room 114
The state House of Representatives voted to abolish the death penalty after five hours of heated debate on Wednesday. In a historic vote of 90-56, they decided to impose life in prison without the possibility of release as the maximum sentence.
Opinions were strong on both sides, and many had mixed feelings. Last week’s shooting at Wesleyan was discussed as a recent killing that might call for capital punishment.
It might not actually be eliminated this year, though – Republican governor M. Jodi Rell is a staunch supporter of the death penalty and has veto power.
Connecticut currently has ten felons on death row, and only one has been executed in New England since 1960.
Hartford Courant: State House Votes to Abolish Death Penalty
There’s been a fair bit of media attention devoted to the case of Troy Davis recently. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on October 27 for killing a police officer – despite OVERWHELMING doubts about his guilt.
Of the nine witnesses who testified against him, seven of them have recanted their statements or contradicted their own testimonies. Additionally, several of these witnesses have said they were coerced by the police to give the testimony they did. Of the other two witnesses, one is Sylvester Coles, the principal alternative suspect; nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles. Nevertheless, Troy Davis has not been able to get a new trial and will be executed next week. Read more about the case on the Amnesty website or on Wikipedia.
Did Sylvester Coles commit this crime? Did Troy Davis commit this crime? I don’t know, but I don’t think the state of Georgia does, either. If you think we shouldn’t kill a possibly innocent man, come to tomorrow’s rally:
What: Rally & Emergency Write/Call-a-thon (call the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on your cell, or write letters)
When: Lunchtime tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 23
Where: Usdan courtyard (we’ll move inside if it’s too cold)
Sponsored by Amnesty International and SDS.
[Edit 10/24/08, 1:53 pm] Thanks everyone! Another stay has been issued for Troy Davis’ execution. It’s possible he may be able to have further appeals. Thanks for your help in making sure Georgia knows it’s being watched critically!