Death Penalty Resources

The recent issue of Warrior, the publication of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers’ College, includes an article written by Terence Lenamon and Melissa Ortiz of Lenamon Law — and Laurie D. Goodman,
Executive Director of the TLC, has been gracious to allow us to share the article here on the blog.

We Deserve More: The Story of the Florida Capital Resource Center

This article delves into the Florida Capital Resource Center’s hows and whys — issues of importance to anyone following the issues surrounding the death penalty and capital punishment in the United States. 

Here it is:

We Deserve More: The Story of the Florida Capital Resource Center by Terence Lenamon, Esq. and Melissa Orti…

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This article was published by the Trial Lawyer’s College ("TLC") in its Warrior Summer 2016 edition, and the TLC owns the copyrights to the article.

Over on Goodreads, there is a list of books on the death penalty, putting together both fiction and non-fiction together in order of popularity.

Death Penalty Book List from Goodreads

For those who like to read about death penalty issues and capital punishment, here are the top ten on this Goodreads list — how many have you read?

1. The Confession by John Grisham 

2. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
 
3. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult 

4. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

5. Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Helen Prejean

6. The Chamber by John Grisham
 
7.  The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow
 
8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
 
9. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
 
10. Life After Death by Damien Echols 

There’s a new documentary dealing with the death penalty being offered by Amazon.com, and if you have a Prime Membership, then it’s free to watch.  Note: It’s rated PG-13; lasts 49 minutes.

 

 

From Amazon:

In 100 years, the electric chair has killed more than 4,000 prisoners, more than any other means of execution in America. It has become the symbol of America’s death penalty. This is the story of the very first electric chair killing.

Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn do give riveting performances in Dead Man Walking,and maybe that’s why most people think of that film first when they think about movies dealing with the death penalty. 

Of course, the life’s work of Sister Helen Prejean may have something to do with it, too!

However, there some other really great films out there that deal with capital punishment.  Here are four other great ones, available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu:

True Crime

Stars Clint Eastwood as a journalist who discovers that an innocent man may be about to be executed in a few hours, and so he investigates …. TIck tock. 

The Life of David Gale

Kevin Spacey stars as an activist who’s now Death Row inmate, innocent but facing execution. It’s Kevin Spacey, folks. 

Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman does an amazing job transforming himself into author Truman Capote, who interviews and befriends convicted murderer Perry Smith.  Smith is ultimately executed for the murder of a Kansas farm family.  True crime; this really happened.  Movie includes the execution by hanging and the aftermath. 

The Green Mile

Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan star in a movie where we learn that a Death Row Inmate is innocent, but how can the execution be stopped – or can it?  Eerie things happen.  Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

As discussed in our prior post, Terry Lenamon and the Florida Capital Resource Center he co-founded years ago work hard to help not only those facing the death penalty, but the lawyers out there who undertake the job of defending a capital case.

This means that the FCRC will provide seminars and training to Death Penalty lawyers at no charge to them. For instance, this past summer the Center offered a two-day training seminar in jury selection by the Honorable Carey Haughwout, Public Defendner for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Now, Terence Lenamon is announcing another seminar in this ongoing effort to help capital lawyers.

FLORIDA DEATH PENALTY LAWYERS SEMINAR

Terence Lenamon is offering a single day training course around Florida to attorneys in the Sunshine State who represent defendants in capital cases. 

Death Penalty Lawyers please note that these are free seminars in defending capital cases offered by Board Certified death penalty defense attorney Terry Lenamon for which you can receive Continuing Legal Education credit. 

Hours are 10 am to 4 pm for each seminar.

6 HOURS FREE CLE

Locations and dates:

Miami – 11/18

Public Defender Office

Bushnell 12/01

Public Defender Office

Tampa 12/4

Public Defender Office

Fort Lauderdale 12/7

Public Defender Office

Ocala 12/8

Public Defender Office

Jacksonville 12/9

Florida Coastal School of Law

Pensacola  January 2016 (To Be Announced)

Great series by the Death Penalty Information Center, "50 Facts About the Death Penalty," is now finished, with all 50 Facts online. 

Each Death Penalty Fact has a great image with a bit of information about the death penalty in America, and there are links to additional information on that particular topic for those who want to know more.  Really good stuff.

 

 

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund released its Fall 2014 study of capital punishment in the United States recently.  

Entitled "Death Row USA," it is available to read online here.

In the report, Florida continues to have the second largest Death Row population in the country (only California has more), followed by Texas, Alabama, and Pennsylvania.  

No surprise there, right? 

 

Now available on Netflix (streaming) is an amazing documentary on the death penalty that delves into capital punishment through the eyes of the "death house" chaplain — a man who witnessed nearly 100 executions in his role as chaplain.  

You can watch "At The Death House Door" 24/7 online or via your streaming TV device if you have a Netflix subscription.  

It also discusses the case of Carlos DeLuna (see our post last month on a new book, The Two Carlos, that deals with the travesty of an innocent man being executed in Texas).

Great documentary for anyone interested in death penalty issues:

 

 

 

 

Did you know that the Death Penalty Information Center has compiled curricula on the death penalty for both the high school and college level?  

From the DPIC website:

Our award-winning high school curriculum, Educational Curriculum on the Death Penalty, includes 10-day lesson plans, interactive maps and exercises, and a presentation of pros and cons on the death penalty for discussion and debate. It is also available as a free iBook for the Apple iPad. The iBook version incorporates the interactivity and user-friendly interface of a tablet, including touch-screen navigation, access to the full curriculum even when offline, and use of standard iBook features, such as definitions and note-taking. For instructions on downloading the iBook, click here.

Our college-level curriculum, Capital Punishment in Context, contains detailed case studies of individuals who were sentenced to death in the U.S. The curriculum provides a complete narrative of each case, along with original resources, such as homicide reports, affidavits, and transcripts of testimony from witnesses. The narratives are followed by a discussion of the issues raised by each case, enabling students to research further into a broad variety of topics. Both curricula have special materials for those who register. They are widely used by educators in the U.S. and around the world in the fields of civics, criminal justice, sociology, and many other areas.