Death Row

Free at Last -- Anthony Ray Hinton 

 Anthony Ray Hinton was on death row for thirty (30) years for a crime he did not commit.

You may wonder why I do what I do,well here is the perfect example.
You do not know if someone has truly committed a crime or not just because they were found guilty.
He had ineffective council and a police department that did not do due diligence in the case.

It’s my job to help anybody no matter what.

This is for the Prosecutors, Judges, Attorneys and the Juries as well.  
It is scary when a case is presented with no evidence and a jury still finds a man guilty because of the fast talking attorney and the fact they want to go home or they do not like the color of his skin or his looks.  These are all facts.

 This is a lesson we all should learn from that just because the Prosecutor says he did it does not mean he did it.  It is the Prosecutors’ job it to convict someone no matter what.

 Now we have to figure out how to stop this from happening again.

 I am now wondering how many people were put to death that were innocent just because of ineffective council and a jury that wanted to go home early or liked the way the prosecutor talked or acted so they believed him.

 I Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr. is against the death penalty.

 Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ by Bryan Stevenson
Anthony Ray Hinton's Attorney

http://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption/dp/0812994523

I do not know if the guys on death row are guilty or not.  Here is a man that was in jail for twenty-five (25) years and was innocent and that’s why I do what I do.
I’m Earl Wallace Woodlen, Jr.

Anthony Wright
25 years later, freed by DNA evidence:
'It's the greatest day of my life'

TV Broadcast of his second trial and proposed release date.
Video at the seen of Anthony Wright's Release
Anthony leaving Jail
His Attorneys being Interviewed
Anthony being Interviewed
Walking away a Free Man at Last
Anthoney Wright Celebrating his new Freedom
Video's of Prisons that have many Inmates on Death Row And how they are being Treated among other things.

A Bronx Tale
Six imprisoned for eighteen years and Innocent
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Seven people were indited but six were convicted of the murder.  There were five men and a woman.  These six people were incarcerated for 100 years in this case because of the detectives’ misconduct.

Eric Glisson, Cathy Watkins, Carlos Perez, Devon Aires, Michael Cosme and Israel Vasquez.  Eric was twenty years old with a week old baby when arrested.

The witness Miriam Tavares lied, she could not see anything from the window she was looking through and the police did not check on her story they already had their minds made up.

Another person Cathy Gomez who was sixteen at the time was used by the detectives and who at the time could not read or write English told the detectives she did not see or know anything but they just placed papers in from of her to sign and told her she was not in any trouble.  She only testified because they told her she would be arrested if she did not.

Jose Rodriguez and Gilbert Vega of the Sex, Money, Murder Gang confessed they did the murder.

Attorney Peter A. Cross took the case for free and got results that freed first Eric Glisson and Cathy Watkins.  The others were later freed as well.

John O'Malley a investigator for the US Attorney in New York looked into the case and did what he could to help.

Attorney Peter A. Cross & his assistant Charmaine Chester
http://www.evw.com/attorney/peter-a-cross/

Attica, Life There and Other Issues

Who Are The Angola Three (3) 

 The Prison Industrial Complex Part 1

The Prison Industrial Complex Part 2 

Chang Gang
On September 16, 1996 Alabama was the first site of a Female Chang Gang  

The Jeannie Nicarico Story
The three Innocent men (Rolando Cruz, Alejandro Hernandez and Stephen Buckley) convicted although they were Innocent.
Brian Dugan the Guilty Man took forever to be tried.

 Taken from the Chicago Tribune by Eric Zorn

On Friday, Feb. 25, 1983, 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico was abducted from her home in unincorporated Naperville home, brutally raped and slain. Investigators narrowed in on a trio of Aurora mopes: Alex Hernandez, Stephen Buckley and Rolando Cruz.  Cruz and Hernandez had been telling demonstrably false tales about the murder for various reasons, but these led to a grand jury indictment of the three men on March 8, 1984. The case was built on unreliable statements by would-be informants and contained no physical evidence against the defendants.

When it became clear the men would go to trial, Du Page County Sheriff's Detective John Sam, who helped lead the investigation in the early months, resigned from the department in disgust.  
Sam has said his disgust was heightened when the key evidence in the trial turned out to be a statement prosecutors said Cruz made to detectives on May 9, 1983. 

Two of Sam's former colleagues said Cruz had related to them a vision containing details of the crime. These details were reasonably accurate and therefore incriminating. But the detectives never took notes or wrote up this supposed statement and never told their partners or the grand jury about it.  Indeed this  blockbuster "vision," which Cruz denies recounting, came out of nowhere just before the trial.  Cruz and Hernandez were convicted  on Feb. 22, 1985 and sentenced to death. The jury deadlocked on Buckley, and the case against him ultimately was dropped on March 5, 1987.

That same year, Aurora resident Brian Dugan was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of  7-year-old Melissa Ackerman of Somonauk. He confessed to that sex crime and a series of others, and he offered a detailed admission --though not a formal confession -- to the Nicarico murder.

Veteran State Police Lt. Ed Cisowski conducted an in-depth investigation of the Dugan statements starting in November, 1985, and came away 100 percent sure, he said, that Dugan and Dugan alone raped and murdered Jeanine.  Nevertheless, DuPage County prosecutors remained skeptical  and did not  accept Dugan's offer to plead guilty in exchange for another life  sentence. 

On Jan 19,  1988, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the convictions of Cruz and Hernandez on grounds the men should have been tried separately.   Du Page prosecutors declined to offer Dugan immunity from the death penalty in the Nicarico murder, so he refused to testify at the second trials of Cruz and Hernandez in early 1990.

 The prosecutors successfully argued to keep information about his accurate confessions to the other crimes from the jury and Cruz was again convicted and sentenced to death.  Hernandez' second trial ended in a hung jury, but he was convicted on May 17, 1991 and sentenced to 80 years.

"Someday, sooner or later, the public will realize what has happened in Nicarico," then Kane County State's Atty. Gary Johnson wrote in a 1991 letter to a Du Page County judge. Johnson, who had served as Stephen Buckley's attorney in the 1985 trial, wrote that this realization "will do to prosecutors what the Rodney King police beating tapes have done to the police."

In early 1992, Mary Brigid Kenney, the assistant attorney general assigned to fight his appeal, resigned in protest  and urged Atty. Gen Roland Burris in a letter to stop "this ugly prosecution." "It's not for me to place my judgment over a jury, regardless of what I think," Burris told reporters   after the resignation.  "A jury has found this individual guilty and given him the death penalty.  It is my role to see to it that it is upheld. That's my job." A 4-3 majority of the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Cruz conviction later in 1992 with the astonishing assertion, "The State's case consisted of physical evidence linking defendant with the crime."  Cruz, since he was on Death Row, became a cause celebre. And on July, 14, 1994, the state's high court reversed its earlier ruling and ordered a third trial for him; the Illinois Appellate Court overturned Hernadez' conviction on Jan 30, 1995.

Since a new round of DNA testing had shown Brian Dugan was likely the person who raped Jeanine, the state's new theory of the case was that Cruz, Hernandez and Dugan together committed the crime.

At his third trial in October/November, 1995, Cruz was abruptly acquitted and freed halfway through the trial when one of the officers involved in the so-called vision statement said that he'd discovered documentary evidence suggesting the story could not have happened the way authorities said it happened.  Charges were dropped against Alex Hernandez on Dec. 8, 1995.

In the spring of 1999, seven member of the DuPage County law enforcement community were tried in criminal court on charges that they conspired to frame Rolando Cruz for Jeanine's murder. They, too were acquitted.  Cruz, Hernandez and Buckley reached a $3.5 million civil settlement with DuPage County on September 26, 2000.  As Cruz was going before the state prisoner review board for a full pardon, on Nov. 15, 2002 , DuPage County state's attorney Joseph Birkett announced that the latest and most sophisticated round of DNA testing showed that Brian Dugan's DNA matched DNA evidence at the crime scene to a scientific certainty.  Today, November 29, 2005, Birkett announced a 15-count murder indictment against Brian Dugan, but would not rule out any other previous suspects from the case. 

Here is a man who shot another man eight (8) times that's murder but he got a hung jury.  These guys on Death Row how do i now what evidence the Police had on them and they are on death, death, death, row.  I a looking at the murder of this man and something does not make sense.
https://www.splcenter.org/
I can't understand how when a Police Officer, Michael T. Slager shoots a man eight (8) times shown in the video and in the back no less and then the video shows him 
throw something down by the man as to lead you to believe he had some kind of weapon.  We can not get a guilty verdict from the jurors... something ain't right with this picture.
With all this evidence showing what really happened how can the jury, jury, jury, not find the police officer guilty of murder when the evidence shows in fact he was 
guilty, even the commentators reporting on this situation said it was murder in their opinion.
Below is the video of Police Officer, Michael T. Slager shooting Walter Scott.
Here is a picture of Officer Slager shooting Mr. Scott, he has got about two (2) or three (3) shots in him at this point.
There were eleven (11) whites and one (1) black individual on the jury.  The one on the end is the one who hung it up and did not get justice for Walter Scott.
I do not understand this picture at all, it does not look good, I do not know what when down here.

Delaware’s Death Row–Currently 17 men sentenced to death.
http://www.doc.delaware.gov/information/deathrow.shtml

Derrick J. Powell

DOB: 02/06/1987
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 05/20/2011
Date of Offense: 09/01/2009

Luis G. Cabrera


DOB: 11/07/1969
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Sentenced to Death: 03/14/2002
Date of Offense: 01/21/1996

James E. Cooke, Jr.


DOB: 12/02/1970
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 09/17/2012
Date of Offense: 05/01/2005

Michael R. Manley

DOB: 07/29/1974
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 02/03/2006
Date of Offense: 11/13/1995

Isaiah McCoy

DOB: 07/28/1987
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Sentenced to Death: 10/11/2012
Date of Offense: 05/04/2010 

 Adam W. Norcross

DOB: 07/25/1970
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 10/03/2001
Date of Offense: 11/04/1996

Juan J. Ortiz

DOB: 02/26/1972
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 09/26/2003
Date of Offense: 07/06/2001 
Gary W. Ploof

DOB: 03/19/1964
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 08/22/2003
Date of Offense: 11/03/2001 
Luis E. Reyes

DOB: 02/08/1977
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Sentenced to Death: 03/14/2002 
Date of Offense: 01/21/1996 
Chauncy S. Starling

DOB: 12/30/1974
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Sentenced to Death: 06/10/2004
Date of Offense: 03/09/2001 

Ralph E. Swan


DOB: 03/25/1971
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 10/03/2001
Date of Offense: 11/04/1996

David D. Stevenson

DOB: 06/06/1974
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 02/03/2006
Date of Offense: 11/13/1995 
Milton E. Taylor

DOB: 11/15/1968
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 07/06/2001

Date of Offense: 03/23/2000 

Jermaine Marlow Wright

DOB: 10/11/1972
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Sentenced to Death: 10/22/1992
Date of Offense: 01/14/1991 
Craig A. Zebroski

DOB: 09/06/1977
Race: White Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 08/18/1997
Date of Offense: 04/26/1996 
Emmett Taylor III

DOB: 08/19/1962
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 03/12/2010
Date of Offense: 08/13/2007 
Ambrose L. Sykes

DOB: 09/28/1972
Race: Black Gender: Male
Offense: Murder 1st
Sentenced to Death: 09/20/2006
Date of Offense: 11/07/2004 

 Below are the links for death row in-mates from across the country. 


Arizona:  https://corrections.az.gov/node/431

Arkansas:  http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/category/categories/states/arkansas      

California:   http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Capital_Punishment/docs/CondemnedInmateListSecure.pdf

Colorado: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Colorado-Male-Death-Row-Inmates

Connecticuthttp://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-deathrow-pg,0,871806.photogallery     

Delaware:  http://doc.delaware.gov/deathrow/inmates.shtml

Floridahttp://www.dc.state.fl.us/activeinmates/deathrowroster.asp

Georgia: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/federal-death-row-prisoners

Hawaii:  http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/category/categories/states/hawaii

Idaho: http://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/prisons/death_row 

Illinois: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/02/us-illinois-deathpenalty-idUSTRE76110Z20110702

Indiana: http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/rownew.htm

Iowahttp://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/federal-death-row-prisoners  

Kansashttp://www.off2dr.com/smf/index.php?topic=6311.0

Kentuckyhttp://crime.about.com/od/deathrow/ig/Kentucky-Death-Row-Inmates/

Louisiana (males): http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?66-Louisiana-Male-Death-Row-Inmates       

Louisiana (females)http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?44-Louisiana-Female-Death-Row-Inmates

Maine:    http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/category/categories/states/hawaii

Marylandhttp://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/maryland-1

Massachusettshttp://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/massachusetts-0

Michigan:  http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/michigan-0

Minnesota: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/minnesota-0

Mississippi: http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us/death_row_inmates.htm       

Missouri: http://missourideathrow.com/current-inmates/

Montana: http://mtabolitionco.org/issues/death-row-montana/

Nebraska: http://www.corrections.nebraska.gov/pdf/Death%20Row.pdf

Nevada: http://vegasmurderwatch.com/nvdr.html

New Hampshirehttp://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/new-hampshire-1

New Jersey: http://www.corrections.com/news/article/24014-nj-closing-death-row

New Mexico: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/new-mexico-1

New York: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/new-york-1        

North Carolina: https://www.ncdps.gov/Index2.cfm?a=000003,002240,002327,002328

North Dakota:  http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/north-dakota-0

Ohio: http://www.drc.ohio.gov/death-row

Oklahoma: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?77-Oklahoma-Male-Death-Row-Inmates

Oregonhttp://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/page/oregon_death_row.html

Pennsylvania: http://deathpenaltyinfo.org/pennsylvania-1

Rhode Island: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/category/categories/states/rhode-island

South Carolina: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?80-South-Carolina-Male-Death-Row

South Dakota: http://www.off2dr.com/smf/index.php?topic=6349.0

Tennessee: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/tennessee-1

Texas: https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/

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