Sunday, May 9, 2021

Criminal Justice

by Travis Loller --  NASHVILLE — A Tennessee death row inmate who has always claimed innocence asked the governor on Monday to commute his sentence to life in prison. Pervis Payne is scheduled to die on Dec. 3 for the 1987...
Pervis Payne, 53, has been housed on Tennessee’s death row for 33 years. Execution is set for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. But a growing coalition of legal allies and organizations are pushing for Gov. Bill Lee to free Payne, who...
The commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington D.C. brought a dedicated few to downtown’s I Am A Man Plaza to advocate for justice in the Pervis Payne death penalty case. Payne, who has maintained...
by Claudia Lauer -- PHILADELPHIA — The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police...
by Travis Loller -- NASHVILLE – The first bill to be pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session in Tennessee seeks to give people with an intellectual disability, who have been sentenced to death, a chance to prove their disability...
by Kimberlee Kruesi --  NASHVILLE — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate’s death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but...
In a stellar sea of energetic, service-driven legal standouts, Jasmine Bolton knew there was a chance she might be asked to join President Joe Biden’s Office of Civil Rights. So could hundreds of other exceptional lawyers around the country. So, between...