Two Suspicious Deaths by Hangings of Black Men in California

Robert Fuller, a twenty-four-year old black man, was found on June 10th, hanging from a tree near City Hall in Palmdale, California. With very little investigation, the local police quickly declared his death to be an apparent suicide, a response that Fuller’s family and friends flatly disputed. There was little evidence to support such a […]

Don’t Forget the Prosecutors in Talking About Police Reform

Millions of Americans have now watched the stomach-turning scene over and over: George Floyd handcuffed, lying prostrate on his stomach in the asphalt street, pleading for his life, calling for his mother, gasping “I can’t breathe.” All the while, Derek Chauvin, hands casually resting in his pockets, continues to deeply press his knee into Floyd’s […]

Another Innocent Man Executed?

Walter “Arkie” Barton is scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri on Tuesday, May 19th. Missouri may well be executing an innocent man. Barton’s Five Trials and the Prosecution Unit that Led the Charge In 1991, 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler was stabbed to death at her home in a trailer park. Barton, who also […]

Texas, the Coronavirus, Wrongful Convictions, and Prisons (Austin Statesman)

Rosa Jimenez, a mother with Stage 4 Kidney Disease, was already supposed to be released from prison after judges found compelling evidence of her innocence. But she is stuck in a cell in Texas, where her potential exposure to the coronavirus could prove fatal.  She is not alone.  Texas has been dragging its feet on […]

New Jersey’s Prisons and the Coronavirus

New Jersey just took a major step toward protecting the public from the coronavirus.  It ordered the release of nearly 1,000 low-level offenders in county jails – which represents about one-tenth of the jail population.    This makes good sense.  Jails and prisons are breeding grounds for viral diseases.  People in prison live on top […]

The Death Penalty Lottery

Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis has announced he will sign a state bill to abolish capital punishment. Lawmakers in Colorado decided to end the death penalty because it was expensive, arbitrary, rarely used, and risked the execution of the innocent.  It is also unnecessary. Offenders who commit murder can be sentenced to other severe penalties, such […]

Nineteen Prison Deaths in Two Months

This past Wednesday, Omar Beard died in a Mississippi prison of “natural causes.” He was only 36-years-old.  Beard is the nineteenth death to occur in a Mississippi prison in the last two months.  People in Mississippi prisons have died from homicide, suicide and what the State describes as “natural deaths.” They have died from neglect, […]

What Impeachment and Voting Bans Have in Common: The Fear of Too Much Truth

           I’ve been thinking a lot about the Republican Senate’s decision to close the impeachment trial without witnesses.  There will be no evidence at what has now become a “trial” in name only.              Their decision reeks of fear.  If the evidence had shown what Democrats said it would, the Republicans would have been hard-pressed to […]