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The Promise of Justice Initiative filed an amicus brief in Glossip v. Gross on the broad national consensus against the use of midazolam in lethal injection. There is a broad national consensus against the use of midazolam as part of a state’s execution protocol. Only four states have experimented with the use of midazolam. The experiment has resulted in a number of botched executions. The vast majority of jurisdictions have either abolished the death penalty legislatively, suspended its use by moratorium, or in practice stopped making the determination who should live and who should die. The PJI brief asks the court to take note of this broad consensus, and to ensure that capital punishment, where it is still administered, is done so in a manner that reflects on the dignity both of the state imposing capital punishment and the condemned defendant.
Calvin Duncan, the Program Director of the Light of Justice Project, spoke to a group at Loyola Law School about the death penalty. The panel discussion was part of the Student Week Against the Death Penalty 2015 put on by Loyola New Orleans Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild. The other member on the panel was PJI Board member, Denise LeBoeuf. Both spoke about the unconstitutional manner in which the death penalty is administered in Louisiana. Denise LeBoeuf spoke about her many years of experience advocating for people sentenced to death, and Calvin Duncan spoke about his own experience having faced the death penalty and his many years of advocating for the men on death row as a prisoner at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
On March 2, 2014, Cecelia Kappel and Sidney Garmon opened a week's worth of discussions on the death penalty sponsored by Loyola University's National Lawyers Guild. The panel addressed current issues surrounding the death penalty including lethal injection, the arbitrary nature of the death penalty, some of the most concerning aspect of death qualification for juries, and legislative developments.
Sidney Garmon commented on the panel by saying "The students of Loyola University join students across the country in a week of advocacy against the death penalty. They understand the death penalty’s years are numbered. I trust their education and advocacy efforts will have ripples in the community and reach the ears of our elected officials."