Stop the Execution, Listen Live, Sign On, Take Action!
As you know, NCADP lists all pending executions prominently on its web page at www.NCADP.org, in most cases linking to our state affiliate site for direction on actions to take.
We want to highlight the upcoming execution this week of Edward Nathaniel Bell, scheduled to be killed by the Commonwealth of Virginia at 9 p.m. on February 19th, 2009 for the shooting death of Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, 32, from the Winchester Police Department during a late evening police chase on Oct. 29, 1999.
The case of Edward Bell presents Virginia Governor Kaine with one serious question and two facts. The question is one of innocence, and the facts of this case are that too many gross procedural irregularities have occurred in getting a man with intellectual disabilities to the death chamber in Virginia. Please read more about this case on Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s web page at http://www.VADP.org and take the action requested there.
Please also click on the following link to sign on RIGHT NOW to a special on-line petition which will be presented to Governor Kaine in the coming days: http://www.clemency4eddie.net/
As noted last week, Legislative sessions are in full swing across the United States. The new trend seems to be that real attention is now being paid to the wasteful costs of the death penalty. NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney was featured in a national Associated Press article on the subject this past week – Click here to read it and several related articles.
In New Mexico, with bi-partisan support the NM House of Representatives voted 40 to 28 to approve the abolition bill and send it to the NM Senate. Further action has not yet been scheduled, but watch for updates on the NM Repeal web page.
In Montana, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Montana abolition bill and it to the Senate floor where it is expected to be debated and voted on TOMORROW in a session that starts at 1pm Mountain time. Listen live on the MT Legislature site. Get updates here: http://www.mtabolitionco.org/
This Wednesday at 12:30pm in the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee, MD Governor O’Malley is scheduled to testify on the abolition bill that he himself is sponsoring. And next week on Ash Wednesday, Governor O’Malley is leading a public march to rally for the abolition bill. Learn more here: http://www.mdcase.org/
See the NCADP Blog for a report on NM Lobby Day and a bit about the participants in the Montana Judiciary Committee Hearing. And more as the week progresses…
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Yours in the Struggle,