Attached is the death penalty report for the mid December – January period prepared by group member Lesley. Some good news especially in Texas – a state with a high use of this punishment – but elsewhere in the world, a depressing number of countries in the list.
Message from Reggie’s mother
Followers of this blog will know that one of the cases we have been supporting is that of Reggie Clemons who has been on death row for 19 years now. He is awaiting a hearing in January and our group sent a message of support recently. We have just received the following message from his mother Vera:
Thanking you and the group for your support. It has meant so much for Reggie. Thank you for the Christmas greeting. Reggie trial is scheduled for January. January 8th jury selection will start. Trial may start the week of the 15th. Will keep you posted. We have fought a long hard fight for Justice and thank you for being there with us in the fight.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!
Attached are the minutes for the group meeting held on Thursday 12 October 2017 thanks to group member Lesley for preparing them. A full agenda covering the death penalty, North Korea, upcoming events such as the film at the Arts Centre, Citizenship day, an exhibition at the Library and the plans for the Celebration of Human Rights in 2018.
Anyone local reading this interested in taking part then go to the end of the minutes where future events are listed. Come along to one and make yourself known. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you prefer – salisburyai.
The death penalty report for September/October 2017 is attached thanks to group member Lesley for compiling it.
China remains the world’s largest executioner of its citizens but the statistics are a state secret.
Latest death penalty report available
The latest report is now available thanks to group member Lesley for compiling it. Note that China remains the world’s largest execution but details are a state secret.
Clemon’s trial delayed again until January
The trial of Reggie Clemons in Missouri has been delayed yet again until January. This has come about because the defense has claimed that Reggie’s phone calls and visitor logs have been accessed by the Attorney General’s office since March 2016. They claim that at least three of these calls to his lawyers and may have revealed names of expert witnesses to called to testify at his trial. The Attorney General office deny these claims and said that Clemons had waived his attorney client privilege.
He has been in prison now for 22 years and the trial had been set for August.
The group sent a card to Reggie in anticipation of the trial taking place in August.
Here is a factsheet produced by Amnesty USA giving background to this disturbing case.
Sources: St Louis Dispatch and Amnesty USA
Latest Death Penalty report
The latest death penalty report for June/July is available thanks to group member Lesley for the hard work in compiling it.
If you would like to join the local group – because for example you have strong convictions against the use of the death penalty – you would be most welcome. Or you can just write using one of the urgent actions in the report above.
China is the world’s leading executioner.
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Minutes of the last two meetings – May and June – are below and thanks to group members Andrew and Lesley for preparing them. The next meeting is on 13 July at 7:30 pm in Victoria Road.
If you live in the Salisbury area and are interested in getting involved we would love to see you. The local group is free to join although some join Amnesty International UK and there is a joining fee for that. The best thing is to come along to one of our events and make yourself known. You can see what’s on at the end of the minutes or by following us on twitter http://www.twitter.com/salisburyai.
The latest monthly death penalty report is now available thanks to group member Lesley for compiling it. There is news of Reggie Clemons who has been on death row for 26 years now and we have heard from a family member.
Attached is the Death Penalty report for April – May prepared by group member Lesley. It contains an update on the rush to execute people in Arkansas USA because of the imminent expiry of the drugs used. There is also an update on the situation with Reggie Clemons.