Tripod A comprehensive research site for death penalty information on the web. http://d.witmer.tripod.com
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Illinois Death Penalty.com Resource for voters, legislators, students, and others interested in the state's experience with capital punishment. http://www.illinoisdeathpenalty.com/
Judicial Activism And An Outlaw Supreme Court Opposes judicial activism. Includes articles and cartoons about court decisions on abortion, capital punishment, the death penalty, and other matters. http://ttokarnak.home.att.net/Karnak.html
Extractions: The Temple of Karnak: An Unexpurgated History of the Supreme Court But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. George Washington; Farewell Address Our founders designed a government with three independent branches, each with a limited role to play. The role of the judicial branch was limited to deciding "cases and controversies" in accordance with laws made by elected representatives of "We the People." As Alexander Hamilton explained the constitutional design in Federalist Number 78, The Judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will but merely judgement; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgements. Hamilton went on to assure his fellow citizens in Federalist Number 81 that they could rely on Congress to punish "judiciary encroachments on the legislative authority" by impeachment and removal of the encroaching judges. There never can be danger that the judges, by a series of deliberate usurpations on the authority of the legislature, would hazard the united resentment of the body intrusted (sic) with it (the power of impeachment and removal), while this body was possessed of the means of punishing their presumption, by degrading them from their stations.
LII: Law About...the Death Penalty The death penalty, or capital punishment, may be prescribed by Congressor any state legislature for murder and other capital crimes. http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/death_penalty.html
Extractions: The death penalty, or capital punishment, may be prescribed by Congress or any state legislature for murder and other capital crimes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not a per se violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Furthermore, the Sixth Amendment does not require a jury trial on the sentencing issue of life or death. In the landmark case, Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 (1977) , the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is a grossly disproportionate punishment for the crime of rape of an adult woman. The Court came to this conclusion by considering objective indicia of the nation's attitude toward the death penalty in rape cases. At the time, only a few states allowed for executions of convicted rapists. More recently, in Atkins v. Virginia , the Supreme Court used the same line of reasoning to rule that executions of mentally retarded criminals are "cruel and unusual punishments" which are prohibited by the Eighth Amendment The Supreme Court has established that for death penalty sentencing the sentencer's discretion be narrowly guided as to the circumstances that justify imposing the death penalty and that the sentencing process should be individualized.
Extractions: "...giving life the shape of justice." A organization endorsed by the Social Responsibility Council Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the Death Penalty work to implement the mandate of UUA resolutions calling for an end to capital punishment. First Unitarian Adopts Resolution on Executions At our June 4, 2000 meeting the congregation adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions, until matters of race, innocence and adequate counsel for defendants can be resolved. Click here to read the resolution. The Moratorium 2000 Petition is Now Online! If you haven't signed yet, you may now do so online. Click on the link below to go to their online form. Click here to go to the online Moratorium 2000 petition. Eight Executed in 2000 In 1999 the Commonwealth set a new record with fourteen executions, and finished 2000 with eight. UUADP will continue to organize vigils at the Greensville Correctional Center. For info contact Tim Page Up with Vigil Information We now have a web page with information about vigils at the Greensville Correctional Center on execution nights. First Unitarian members now organize and lead the vigils.
CUADP: For Alternatives To The Death Penalty. CUADP works to find alernatives to the death penalty through abolitionist campaigns to stop capital punishment. Many resources and links to other antideath penalty groups. http://www.cuadp.org/
Extractions: On January 11th, 2003, outgoing Illinois Governor, George Ryan, issued a blanket commutation of 167 death row prisoners Prosecutors and other politicians condemned Illinois Governor George H. Ryan's act of emptying Illinois' death row, but they left him with no choice. Read the full text of Governor Ryan's speech before you decide if what he did was appropriate. To read the speech
Extractions: Capital Punishment or Compassion: Executions in the State of New Mexico: The Death Penalty Since Territorial Days by Mark Allan , Head, Reference Department Porter Henderson Library Angelo State University Mark.Allan@angelo.edu Last Substantially Updated October 26, 2001. Author's note, 12/05/2002. Since the Internet publication of this page, Terry Clark was executed in New Mexico on November 6, 2001. For more information on his execution and the politics of capital punishment in New Mexico, please see Dr. Kenneth Mentor's work The Death Penalty Returns to New Mexico Author's note, 10/26/2001. I am currently investigating the possibility of another two or three executions which may or may not have occurred. Preliminary data may be found on my research in progress page. If a reader has any information that he or she thinks may be pertinent to these pages, please contact me at the address above.) Introduction The lead article of the Santa Fe New Mexican on April 25, 1913 was emblazoned "Avenging Rope Sends Frazer and Granado to Great Beyond." Less than 75
Oklahoma Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty A group of individuals, organizations, human rights groups, churches and other faithbased organizations working towards the abolishment of capital punishment in the state through non-violent means. http://www.ocadp.org/
Extractions: "Wherever capital punishment is in place, crucial bounds to the conscience of a people are missing. Bounds against the criminal perversion to simply step over human life." - Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kadecka (1874 - 1964); Important Austrian lecturer of criminal law and judicial politician. "Humans are the only primates who willfully, extensively and enthusiastically perpetrate the killing of their own kind." - Hans Magnus Enzensberger (born 1929); German lyricist and author. "Wo die Todesstrafe besteht, da fehlt dem Gewissen eines Volkes eine entscheidende Schranke gegen die verbrecherische Perversität, über menschliches Leben hinwegzuschreiten." - Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kadecka (bedeutender österreichischer Strafrechtslehrer und Rechtspolitiker / 1874 - 1964) "Der Mensch ist der einzige unter den Primaten, der die Tötung seiner Artgenossen planvoll, in größerem Maßstab und enthusiastisch betreibt." - Hans Magnus Enzensberger (deutscher Lyriker & Schriftsteller / geb. 1929) Amnesty International - Group 5 of the Austrian Section has been established on March 3, 1972
TCASK - Homepage Organized to oppose capital punishment. Includes information about chapters around the state, organization activities, and news and information related to the death penalty. http://www.tcask.org/
Extractions: Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing P.O. Box 120552 . Nashville, Tennessee . 37212 . 615-329-0048 . (fax) 615-329-0058 This page uses frames, but your browser doesn't support them. Please follow following links to the individual pages. Home Chapters News Events ... About TCASK P.O. Box 120552 Nashville, TN 37212 fax (615) 329-0058
DPINFO Legal Information Friends For Life working for the abolition of capital punishment.Individual cases, appeals for help, death penalty information. http://www.dpinfo.com/negdplinks.htm
Extractions: Legal-Aid Society of New York Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CCADP) - non-profit, human rights organization which focuses on bringing international attention to the use of capital punishment in the US. New York State Defense Association www.deathpenalty.org Death penalty Focus www.deathpenalty.net California Attorneys for Criminal Justice www.deathpenalty.com Books on the death penalty Moratorium 2000 University of Alaska Focus on the Death Penalty http://www.thejusticeproject.org The Liebman report. The ACLU Hey they have a great web site with lots of good info. The National Coalition Against the Death Penalty This site also has good info, however take it with a grain of salt. Capital Defender's Toolbox a very good resource for recent cases and updates.
TCADP Inclusive organization composed of human rights activists, death row prisoners and their families, crime victims and their families, persons working within the criminal justice system, persons opposed to capital punishment on religious and moral grounds, and other concerned citizens. Includes membership form, facts and figures, current news, and events. http://www.tcadp.org/
Filipino Executed A 38year-old house painter convicted of raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter became the first person to be executed in the Philippines since 1976 when he went to his death Friday in a prison outside Manila. Leo Echegaray, who steadfastly maintained his innocence since being convicted in 1994, died by lethal injection. The Philippines abolished the death penalty in 1987 but concern over a rise in violent crime led to its restoration in 1994. Philippine President Joseph Estrada, a strong advocate of capital punishment, said Echegaray's death would serve as a warning that the government means business. Wired News http://www.wired.com/news/news/story/17758.html
Death Penalty Information, High School Curriculum An interactive exploration of capital punishment, including arguments for and against, issues of ethics and justice surrounding the death penalty, and interactive maps showing stateby-state data. http://deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu
Death Penalty Organizations & Sites, Pro & Con resources and documents available here comprise primarily anticapital punishmentresources, but recently has begun to collect pro-death penalty resources as http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/procon.html
Extractions: Though the federal government and 38 of the 50 states have death penalty laws, and public opinion polls in the last decade have generally indicated that the majority of Americans favor capital punishment, organizations and sites advocating the abolition of the death penalty are more common and easily found on the World Wide Web than organizations and sites favoring retention of the death penalty . That more anti than pro-death penalty sites are listed on this page is due to that reality, and should not be construed to indicate the Justice Center's advocacy of either a pro or con position on the death penalty.
Extractions: DEATH PENALTY / CAPITAL PUNISHMENT LAW Home Legal Research Topic Index > Death Penalty / Capital Punishment Law Death Penalty / Capital Punishment Law Decisions Federal Crimes Carrying the Death Penalty Congressional, Cabinet, and Supreme Court Assassination, or Kidnapping Resulting in Death - 18 U.S. Code, Sec. 351 Genocide - 18 U.S. Code, Sec. 1091 Hostage Taking Resulting in Death - 18 U.S. Code, Sec. 1203 Kidnapping Resulting in Death - 18 U.S. Code, Sec. 1201
Extractions: Articles Books ... About This Page Among Christians there is a range of opinions regarding the death penalty. Some Christians support the death penalty because it was instituted in the Old Testament. They claim that Romans 13:1-5 demonstrates modern governments can still apply the death penalty. However, most concede it is not now used for all situations in which the Old Testament prescribes it (including, for example, adultery, and consistenly disobedient children ) Remember, the New Testament says that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.