On January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Baze v. Reese, ostensibly to decide whether the death penalty as carried out in 36 out of 37 states in this country is unconstitutional.
New Jersey’s Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation on December 17, 2007 making New Jersey the fourteenth state without the death penalty. This is the first time since 1965 that a state has abolished the death penalty legislatively.
By: pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Stanley Howard
After a yearlong fight to get the City of Chicago to honor its November 2006 settlement, when the city was set to approve the $19.8 million bill, I realized they were being unfair to me. And because of your many questions and letters, it’s only fitting for me to explain to everyone who fought so hard for the settlement why I decided at the last minute to reject the deal.
Sister Helen Prejean is an author and activist against the death penalty. She wrote the book Dead Man Walking, which was made into an award-winning movie, as well as The Death of Innocents; she has another book due out this year.