Robert Murray died last June, I believe from natural causes. My last letter from him, written a few months before his death, was the first that I had had from him for several months. He excused his apparent apathy with a lengthy description of cancer treatments that he had been receiving during that period. I believe the death was from cancer. His last letter sounded as if he was in a very bad way physically. Further, the listing of executions over the last few years did not list him.
The entire experience of knowing and visiting Robert was rewarding intellectually, though emotionally disturbing on occasion. Rewarding because I was suddenly viewing “life” (whatever that means when separated from a biological meaning) from a broadened perspective that I would never have tried to do before Robert. Disturbing in the grand scene because it forced the question of capital punishment upon me in a way that I could not ignore. Disturbing in the small scene because I did not keep the correspondence going with the vigor it deserved. Also disturbing because it forces a feeling of guilt of omission upon me. Not just for my apathy, but also for my failure to help him financially to hire a typist for one of his book manuscripts. This particular manuscript was an autobiographical retrospective on how he had ended up on death row. From the handwritten table of contents that he sent me, I believe that he had built the entire book on the notion of “bad decisions” that he had made. Taken this way, the book might have had value as a lesson to many young folks. In spite of my confusion of feelings, thanks for arranging the experience for me.
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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A recent letter to the editor in the Arizona Daily Star raises the question of what capital punishment really is:
It’s called capital punishment, and it meets all of the criteria for first-degree murder: “intentionally causing the death of another human being with special intent to kill, premeditation and deliberation,” except that it is, sadly, not unlawful. How can we call ourselves a “civilized” nation? I once had a bumper sticker that said it all: Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?
You can read the letter to the editor by following this link.
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.
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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).
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