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Blog / September 9, 2015

Jones v. Davis: An Update


Last July, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a ruling in Jones v. Davis that found California’s death penalty unconstitutional. In his opinion, Judge Cormac Carney wrote that delays in the capital sentencing scheme were so excessive that they resulted in an arbitrary and capricious application of the death penalty - which violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

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Blog / September 9, 2015

The Poetry of Wiley Bridgeman


Wiley Bridgeman was exonerated after spending 39 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. We are thrilled to share some of his poetry.

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Blog / September 9, 2015

A Farewell to Julian Bond


The abolitionist community lost a hero when civil rights leader Julian Bond passed away last month. Bond was largely known for his relentless work in the struggle for civil rights. But in addition to fighting racial discrimination, he was a tireless advocate for basic human rights like welfare legislation, a minimum wage provision, anti-poverty programs and an end to capital punishment.

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Blog / August 28, 2015

California’s Death Penalty Back on Trial


The Ernest Dewayne Jones v. Ron Davis case will return to court on Aug. 31 when a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the appeal by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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