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Death Penalty News & Updates

July 8th, 2010

Texas Judge Will Hold Hearing on State’s Death Penalty Law

A State District Judge in Houston has scheduled a hearing to listen to evidence on whether there’s a substantial risk that the death penalty law allows for the possible execution of an innocent person. The hearing, expected to last two weeks, will begin on November 8 and will likely include testimony from experts on the death penalty around the country. Early in March the same Judge ruled in a capital murder case that the Texas death penalty statute is unconstitutional.

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty- 2010 Annual General Assembly

On June 12 and 13, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty convened in San Francisco, marking the first international abolition meeting in the United States. The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty Assembly was an historic occasion that brought together death penalty opponents from all over the world. The conference was an opportunity for American death penalty opponents to learn from activists elsewhere and share strategies for worldwide death penalty abolition. The conference featured panel discussions led by community activists, victim’s families, wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, and former members of law enforcement who are opposed to the death penalty.

Upcoming International Events on the Death Penalty:

  • October 10: International World Day Against the Death Penalty

The 8th World Day Against the Death Penalty will be dedicated to the USA which carried out executions and handed down more than hundred death sentences in 2009.

On this day, cities around the globe are invited to make a visible gesture to their citizens and to the world. More than 1,000 cities around the globe will floodlight a monument symbolizing opposition to the death penalty and a concrete commitment to build awareness about the issue in society.

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