Kevin Heade presented three workshops, “Reflections on Capital Punishment ,” at Brophy’s Summit on Restorative Justice on March 5th.
12 News in Phoenix covered the presentation recent presentation by Ray Krone, who was exonerated after being sentenced to death, and Joe Hedgecock, who was on Krone’s jury.
You can see the coverage at the link below:
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Former United States Representative Ron Barber will be the keynote speaker at the Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona annual meeting.
The event is free, and all are welcome. Donations are welcome! If you wish to register in advance with a donation, please click here.
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
- Registration begins at 9:30 AM
- Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Great Hall, on the southwest corner of McCallister and Terrace in Tempe
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Our recent event, Exonerated: Ray Krone, from Death Row to Free Man, was a great success. There was an overflow audience with more than 100 people, with more watching online.
Ray Krone told a compelling story of police nabbing him for a murder he didn’t commit and two juries convicting him, primarily on bite mark science. DNA evidence led to his exoneration. Former juror Joe Hedgecock talked about the guilt of sending an innocent man to death row.
You can watch the link online at any time by clicking here.
This event was cosponsored by Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona, the Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and the Justice Project.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 5:00 – 6:30 PM, AE England Building, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Two separate trials found Ray Krone guilty of murdering a Phoenix woman in 1991. DNA evidence later cleared Krone and identified the actual killer. He was on Arizona’s death row when he was exonerated in 2002. Joe Hedgecock was a juror who convicted Krone. Both give a chilling account of their experiences with the criminal justice system and the lessons that can be learned.
This event is cosponsored by Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona, the Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and the Justice Project.
Dan Peitzmeyer, President of Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona, recently wrote an editorial in response to an exchange between Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the question of repealing Arizona’s death penalty. Dan wrote:
“Arizonans will be proud of our leadership for displaying courage to the nation and the world as we join the other 32 states and most of the first-world nations who have outlawed this barbaric, ineffective and costly practice. It is time to change the culture of death in Arizona.”
You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.
The Arizona Republic recently ran editorials with opposing viewpoints on the death penalty. The newspaper asked, “What if Arizona repealed the death penalty”? Speaking against the death penalty was the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Thomas J. Olmsted, who wrote:
“If Arizona were to repeal the death penalty, it would be a positive step forward in promoting a culture of life and it would benefit us by strengthening the moral tone and texture of our society.”
Speaking for the death penalty was Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. You can read the exchange by clicking here.
Exoneree Ray Krone and one of his jurors, Joe Hedgecock, who also is on DPAA’s Board, discussed the death penalty at Arizona Summit Law School on March 7, 2014.
You can watch their presentation by following this link (the discussion begins about 18 minutes in).
If you want to keep up with DPAA-sponsored events like this presentation, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or you can visit our website at www.azdeathpenalty.org.
- Louisiana inmate likely to be freed after 30 years on death row: “Glenn Ford, who has spent 30 years on Louisiana’s death row is likely to be freed soon, after prosecutors filed motions to vacate his conviction and sentence.”
- Rick Perry killed an innocent man: ” It’s becoming clearer by the day that Rick Perry killed an innocent man. Ten years ago, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted in 1992 on arson charges, for setting a 1991 fire in Corsicana, Texas that killed his three children. But now, newly uncovered evidence suggests that Willingham, who maintained his innocence until his death, was in fact an innocent man.”
- Doctor appointed for James Holmes’s second sanity exam: “A psychiatrist has been appointed to conduct a second sanity evaluation of the man charged with killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, but the doctor’s name hasn’t been released.”
- “I was on death row, and I was innocent”: ” Edward Lee Elmore’s story, which is the focus of the first episode of CNN’s documentary series, “Death Row Stories,” shows that the capital punishment system does not always get it right. Like Edward, I know this first-hand. I was the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row because of DNA testing.”
- Garry Rayno’s State House Dome: Vote on death penalty repeal set for Wednesday: “The [NH] House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on repealing the death penalty for those convicted of capital murder.”
- Montour pleads guilty after prosecutors drop death penalty demand: “Before the judge sentenced Montour to prison, defense attorneys and Eric’s parents waited in the courtroom. The Autobees, who had opposed prosecutors’ efforts to seek the death penalty, exhaled heavy sighs of relief and sorrow as they waited.”
- Edward Montour case: Juror blasts “abhorrent” prosecution: “Last week, after battling for more than a decade to execute Edward Montour Jr. for the 2002 murder of guard Eric Autobee at the Limon prison, prosecutors abruptly caved on the second day of his trial, agreeing to a deal that will keep Montour in prison for life without parole.”
Our most recent newsletter is available online. It features the following, among other articles:
- Information on the upcoming March 1, 2014 annual meeting
- An update on death-penalty-related legislation in Arizona
- Reports by board members on a national symposium on the death penalty and a death-penalty conference
- A review of a new book on the death-penalty cases in the 1970s that led to and ended a four-year moratorium on execution
- You can see the newsletter (PDF) by clicking here.
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