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Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is an Alabama death row prisoner founded and run organization, established in 1989.

Our mission is to work together with friends and other supporters to educate the public and to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in Alabama.

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Attorney Jack Carney to Governor Bentley on behalf of Christopher T. Johnson

Oct
07

Honorable Governor Robert Bentley
State Capitol N 104
11 S. Union St. # 600
Montgomery, AL 36130-2751



 Re: Mr.  Christopher T. Johnson



Dear Governor Bentley, 


I am writing to ask you to commute the death sentence of Christopher Johnson, who is scheduled for execution on October 20, 2011.  You have a tremendous opportunity to offer unsolicited mercy, as it is evident that Mr. Johnson will not be requesting clemency.

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John Earl to the Governor on behalf of Christopher T. Johnson

Oct
06

Even though Christopher T. Johnson has asked the Court to impose the death penalty it is still reprehensible that the State of Alabama participates in state killing.



There is no correlation between the use of the death penalty and the lessening of homicides. It can only exist because of a culture that supports killing for revenge.



The death penalty is not imposed in most of the nations in the world.

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Make death convictions certain

Oct
06

 
Make death convictions certain (editorial)
Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:35 AM     Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:48 AM
 By John Peck, The Huntsville Times The Huntsville Times
 
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama _ Should a condemned inmate be put to death even if his lawyers failed to meet a filing deadline for an appeal?


That's something the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the case of misdirected paperwork for Alabama death row inmate Cory Maples.

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OUR View: The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't allow an Alabama Death Row inmate to be executed without federal review of his case

Oct
05

 
OUR VIEW: The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't allow an Alabama Death Row inmate to be executed without federal review of his case
Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 5:45 AM
 By Birmingham News editorial board The Birmingham News
 
Does the U.S. Supreme Court value life, albeit a deeply flawed one, as much as it does a piece of property?


That, in a manner of speaking, is at the crux of a case involving a Death Row inmate from Alabama that the high court will hear today.

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A Dreadful Missed Deadline

Oct
04

Alabama is a step from executing Cory Maples for a reason so grievously wrong that the case argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court should leave no doubt why the death penalty should be abolished. Besides being barbaric, case after case is rife with constitutional defects.

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Wall Street Journal, Law Firm error imperils Alabama death row inmate

Oct
04

Wall Street Journal
Associated Press


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is hearing the case of an Alabama death row inmate who missed a court deadline because two lawyers at a venerable New York firm handling his appeal moved on to other jobs and a court notice was returned to sender, address unknown.


State and federal courts upheld Cory Maples' death sentence and relied on the missed deadline to refuse to consider his claims that he received inadequate representation, dating back to his trial on charges he gunned down two friends in 1995.

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Attorney Sherryl Snodgrass Caffey, Legal Redress Chair of the AL State Conference of the NAACP

Oct
04

While I am happy that the United States Supreme Court has decided to review Mr. Maples' case, and hopefully clean up our mess, I do not understand why our State is deferring its MAILROOM ERROR to the United States Supreme Court instead of correcting its own error - - particularly in light of the fact that this error could result in the loss of a life. Yet, If this were a civil action seeking monetary damages, Maples would have a bona fide State negligence claim and injunctive relief!!!


Sherryl Snodgrass Caffey

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